Take Action

1. Host a DVD House Party:

Hot Coffee DVDs are now available. We hope you'll invite your friends, family, and colleagues to watch the movie, and then discuss what you can do to fight back. Learn more about the stories in Hot Coffee and share information with your guests.

2. Tell Congress and state lawmakers to oppose laws that restrict access to the courts.

◊ Congress: Make your voices heard on two important bills right now!

Stand Up for Patients Rights. Tell your member of Congress to oppose the badly named, badly flawed Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare Act of 2011″ (H.R. 5), which would allow for sweeping immunity from accountability for the health industryincluding doctors, nursing home operators, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals.

Stop the Corporate Attack on Our Rights and End Forced Arbitration. Tell your members of Congress to support the Arbitration Fairness Act (S. 987 and H.R. 1873), a good bill that would provide limits on mandatory arbitration by corporations; arbitration should be agreed to by both parties after a dispute arises, not inserted in the fine print of one-sided contracts.

◊ States: Contact your state lawmakers, and tell them to oppose caps and so-called tort reform.

Most of your rights are being taken away at the State level. Find your elected representatives. Tell them to oppose laws that limit your legal rights. And sign up for Action Alerts to be kept informed about whats happening in your state (well need your zip code).

3. Spread the word & help enlighten others!

  • Comment on a web article or blog about the issues raised in Hot Coffee
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • If you listen to or watch call-in shows, call in with a comment or question
  • Got a blog? Create a post or video of your own story
  • Embed a link to Hot Coffee on your blog or website
  • Share the film with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter, and show them our trailer on YouTube

4. Learn About the Issues:

The truth about the McDonalds Coffee Case and Stella Liebeck.

What are Caps on Damages?

The Effect of so-called Tort Reform on State Judicial Elections and attacks on Judges.

The Problem of Mandatory Arbitration.

5. Protect your access to the civil justice system:

6. Stay informed:

Check this page often for new information, and check out these important organizations working to defend the civil justice system.

  • The Center for Justice and Democracy is the only national consumer organization in the country exclusively dedicated to protecting our civil justice system. Has numerous fact sheets on caps, mandatory arbitration, and other civil justice issues.
  • Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the Executive Branch and the courts.
  • Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy.
  • Justice at Stake leads a nonpartisan partnership of 50 organizations fighting for fair and impartial courts through public education, litigation and reform.
  • Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.

More organizations featured in Hot Coffee:

  • Public Justice is Americas public interest law firm, which uses creative litigation, public education, and innovative work with the broader public interest community.
  • Texans for Public Justice is a non-partisan, non-profit policy and research organization that tracks the influence of money in politics.
  • Texas Watch is a non-partisan citizen advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that corporations and insurance companies are accountable to their customers.

Other Consumer and Legal Rights organizations working on these important issues:

  • Consumer Federation of America is a coalition of 240 national, state and local consumer groups around the country which actively supports strong consumer protection.
  • National Consumers League advocates for consumers and workers rights. Among the information it offers is how to shop safely online, protect your online privacy and security, and avoid Internet and telemarketing fraud.
  • National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves.
  • U.S. PIRG is the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), and stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being.
  • National Partnership for Women and Families promotes fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.
  • Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Its Fair Courts project works to preserve fair and impartial courts.
  • American Judicature Society works to maintain the independence and integrity of the courts and increase public understanding of the justice system.
  • American Constitution Society promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.
  • Fair Arbitration Now (from Public Citizen) is a coalition dedicated to ending forced arbitration and holding corporations accountable.
  • Jamie Leigh Jones Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping United States citizens and legal residents who are victims of crime while working abroad for government contractors and subcontractors.
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates is  non-profit association of attorneys and consumer advocates committed to representing customers interests. Members are private and public sector attorneys, legal services attorneys, law professors and law students whose primary focus is the protection and representation of consumers.
  • National Consumer Law Center is the nations consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers to use powerful and complex consumer laws to assure justice for vulnerable, low income Americans.

For more ways to help spread the
word about Hot Coffee, check out our What You Can Do page.

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