An elderly woman, Stella Liebeck, buys coffee at a McDonald’s drive-thru, spills it on her lap, sues and wins. This case caused quite the controversy, but also contributed to some dramatic changes in the law. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Nolan Robinson, chat with Susan Saladoff, the producer and director of the documentary, Hot Coffee. Susan gives us the real story behind this notorious coffee case, talks tort reform, frivolous lawsuits and caps on damages and shares some other examples of how individuals are not getting a fair shake in this current civil justice system.
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How did franchising develop? In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Attorney Morton Aronson, Of Counsel at the firm of Federal & Hasson, LLP, to spotlight the practice of franchising. Dan and Mort discuss the key elements of successful franchising, domestic vs. international franchising and how franchising can help in our difficult economic times.
On this special edition of In-House Legal, Susan Hackett, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), explores important issues to in-house lawyers and to the outside counsel who provide services to them with two high profile guests. In the first segment, Susan welcomes David M. Dresden, a law department executive for McDonalds , to discuss the successful, global in-house management of legal services across country borders. In the second segment, Susan is joined by Jeffrey W. Carr, the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of FMC Technologies , to discuss his innovative approach to managing in-house staff and outside counsel costs using performance metrics that reconnect value and cost. And you’ll hear about the new ACC Value Index, designed to help in-house counsel establish an online database for ACC members to share information and rate the firms they believe provide their clients with the greatest value.