The Liebeck case is just one of four examples shown in the film to demonstrate that corporations and those in the pocket of those corporations are stripping away the power of juries in civil litigation. Tort lawsuits are part of the fabric of our justice system for a reason -- to hold individuals and corporations accountable when they do harm. "Hot Coffee," if nothing else, is a great catalyst to start an important dialogue about how far corporate interests have advanced in the courtroom at the expense of everyday people seeking accountability.
The "Real" Stella - the True Stella Awards
The only link between Connor's comments and the Liebeck case, is Stossel's own weazel-word statement that " these lawsuits send the wrong message," "These lawsuits" could be considered a general statement, but, when used in this context, they become specifically directed at the Liebeck case.
A Misunderstood Products Liability Case - Liebeck v. McDonalds
Sadly, we all have to take what the press tells us with a less than trusting attitude. That’s the moral of the Stella Liebeck case. Most of the public things of the Stella Liebeck case as the prototypical example of how our legal system is broken…except that it isn’t; instead it’s really one of the biggest examples of how the media is broken.
The products liability case is still scoffed at