7th Amendment Advocate to Lead Discussion on Tennesseans’ Rights to Jury Trial

February 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Civil Justice, Recent Blog Posts

You only think you know all about the civil justice case in which the lady spilled hot McDonald’s coffee on her lap. Andrew Cochran of the blog, 7th Amendment Advocate, will in Tennessee to discuss the 7th Amendment and the many ways in which the system is rigged to deny the 99% access to justice.

WHENTuesday, February 21, at 3:30 pm

WHERELegislative Plaza Room 16, 301 6th Avenue North, Downtown Nashville

WHO: Andrew Cochran, 7th Amendment Advocate

WHAT: Discussion & Documentary – The discussion will also include clips from the award-winning documentary, Hot Coffee, which after viewing makes you question everything you thought you knew about the McDonald’s hot coffee case. See you there!

The Public News Service has more:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are some mixed views of the Tennessee Civil Justice Act, commonly called the Tennessee Tort Reform Bill, which went into effect last October. The law limits the amounts juries may award an injured plaintiff.

Andrew Cochran, a conservative blogger and Tea Party member, believes the law infringes on Tennesseans’ rights to a trial by jury, which is constitutionally protected by the Seventh Amendment.

“We’re seeing, in the past couple of years especially, a rush to immunize all sorts of businesses and nonprofits, and cut off Americans from exercising this God-given right in state courts. It just seems to me the founding fathers never intended there to be a right for a civil jury trial in federal courts but not in state courts.”

Cochran is the founder of the blog “Seventh Amendment Advocate,” and will be part of a discussion about the new tort reform law on Tuesday at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, with the Tennessee Association for Justice.

At that event, Cochran will present the award-winning documentary “Hot Coffee,” that he says illustrates why tort reform laws violate citizens’ rights. The film explores the famous product liability lawsuit brought by a 79-year-old McDonald’s customer who was burned when she spilled coffee in her lap.

Cochran says the case was viewed by many as frivolous, not realizing that the woman received third-degree burns.

“There are a lot of myths about that case: I mean to begin with, so many people think it was her fault, she spilled it on herself, what’s the big deal, without knowing how horrible the injury really was. I’ve never seen an audience that’s watched the movie that hasn’t come away thinking, ‘Boy, this was completely different than I thought.'”

The discussion at Legislative Plaza begins Tues., Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., at 301 6th Avenue N., Room 16, Nashville.

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