LCJ Members' Blog Referenced in New York Times
Jun 27, 2011

Abnormal Use, a blog from LCJ member Gallivan, White & Boyd P.A., was referenced on Monday in the New York Times for its critique of documentary film maker Susan Saladoff's controversial film "Hot Coffee." The film tells the story Stella Liebeck, who in 1992 spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee into her lap and took legal action that "became a symbol of frivolous lawsuits."

LCJ Members' Blog Referenced in New York Times

Abnormal Use, a blog from LCJ member firm Gallivan, White & Boyd P.A., was referenced on Monday in a New York Times article for its critique of documentary film maker Susan Saladoff's controversial film "Hot Coffee." Saladoff was a plantiff's attorney for decades before making the film, which tells the story Stella Liebeck, who in 1992 spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee into her lap and took legal action that "became a symbol of frivolous lawsuits."

"With a subject this fought-over it’s not surprising that the documentary itself has been controversial," said NYT reporter John Schwartz. "A legal affairs blog that covers product liability law, Abnormal Use, criticized the film for having come from the hands of a trial lawyer, stating, 'We’re thinking that this might not be the most objective documentary on the subject.' Of course that wasn’t really the filmmaker’s goal. Ms. Saladoff is, as a lawyer and now a director, an advocate. One of several strands in the film, Ms. Liebeck’s story shows how tort reformers deftly spun her case and others to nudge public opinion and argue for the need to shut down what industry advocates called “jackpot justice.” The film also lays out facts of the case that are rarely heard."

 
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