Hot Coffee Refill: Free Brantford movie showing Wed Sept 25

Get ready for a jolt, Brantford.

Hot Coffee, the award-winning documentary that features four true stories about ordinary citizens fighting for their rights against big business in the U.S. courts—including the tale of Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque granny who gained worldwide infamy as the woman who won millions from McDonald’s when she spilled coffee on her lap—is coming to town.

Hot Coffee The Movie
Wednesday September 25, 2013
Galaxy Cinemas Brantford
300 King George Road
Doors open 6:30 p.m., show time at 7 p.m.

Director Susan Saladoff—who is herself a lawyer—has put together a hard-hitting, well-researched and often touching expose of the fragility of the justice system and the price everyday citizens are paying. The movie had its Canadian premiere in a packed SilverCity theatre in Hamilton in April, courtesy of Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers. (You can check out our event recap here.)

So why the buzz?

It’s not from caffeine. It turns out what’s happening in the U.S. is having an impact north of the border as well—making this free showing especially timely.

Recent changes to Ontario’s auto insurance have reduced the amount insurance companies paid to accident victims by close to $2 billion in 2011. We’re seeing caps to benefits and injuries are increasingly being classified as minor. People in car accidents are getting very little support for recovery and insurance companies are saving millions.

Then there’s the sneaky campaigns launched by insurance companies to demonize victims who decide to seek justice through the courts. They’re smart. If people who’ve been seriously injured because of the negligence of another feel ashamed to come forward for compensation or fear their name will be dragged through the mud, they might not pursue a lawsuit. And the insurance company automatically wins—because it’s the insurance company that has to foot the bill when the company is made to pay.

Hot Coffee helps put the David vs. Goliath issues of the justice system front and centre.

We invite you to see the documentary on September 25th…and then make up your own mind.

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