September 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Have you heard the story about the old woman who bought a cup of coffee at the McDonald's drive-through, spilled it in her lap, then filed a lawsuit and won a multi-million dollar verdict against Ronald McDonald?
Actually, it's unlikely that you've heard the real story at all. What you've heard is a fictionalized version of what happened to Stella Liebeck in that McDonald's parking lot in 1992. The Liebeck fiction, along with many others, have been skillfully crafted and spread by insurance companies and corporations who believe that individual consumers, customers and employees ought not be allowed to hold them accountable in court for their wrongdoing.
Find out what really happened in Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, and how corporations and insurance companies have deliberately manipulated and distorted the facts of this and countless other cases, in a decades-long PR campaign in aid of their effort to strip average Americans of their right to seek justice in court.
See also the disastrous personal consequences of another aspect of "tort reform," in which the money damages that can be recovered in court is "capped" by law at a randomly determined dollar amount.
Finally, see the dire professional consequences for a southern state supreme court judge who ruled once too often in favor of the little guy, and the personal consequences for the young woman who discovered too late that she had unwittingly signed away her right to sue her employer for damages after she was raped and imprisoned on the job by her fellow employees.
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