Hot Coffee

Grand Jury Prize Nominee at Sundance, 2011. Part of HBO Summer Documentary Series 2011. Produced by TEC Founder Alan Oxman and Edited by TEC alum and instructor Cindy Lee.

Hot Coffee is a 2011 documentary film that analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. It is directed by Susan Saladoff, who practiced as a medical malpractice attorney for 26 years. The title is derived from the Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants lawsuit, in which plaintiff Liebeck was severely burned after spilling hot coffee purchased from a McDonald's onto her lap.