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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2010 was a big year for jury verdicts in courts across the nation. From tobacco litigation to asbestos to car roll-overs, plaintiffs were big winners in the courts. Attorneys and co-hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams welcome Reni Gertner, News Editor of Lawyers USA and Attorney Kevin J. Dunne from the law office of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, to discuss Lawyers USA’s “Top Ten Jury Verdicts of 2010”. They take an in-depth look at these specific cases and get a defense attorney’s perspective.
Coast to Coast, hosted by Attorneys and Law.com bloggers, J. Craig Williams and Robert Ambrogi, brings the two sides of tort reform together in a lively debate over the issues. Among the big issues for 2006 are asbestos and obesity lawsuits. Our special guests are Laurie Beacham, Communications director for the Center for Justice and Democracy, who explains the ‘dangers’ of tort reform and Tiger Joyce, President of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) dedicated to bringing ‘fairness and efficiency’ to the civil justice system. If you care about our legal system, you’ll want to listen!