Oliver Diaz featured in Sundance Film Festival documentary

The upcoming 2011 Sundance Film Festival will feature a familiar face in Mississippi politics.

Former state Supreme Court justice Oliver Diaz will be included in the documentary “Hot Coffee.” The film, a behind-the-scenes look at tort law and the civil justice system, is set to screen Jan. 24 at the Utah film festival.

Produced and directed by civil justice veteran Susan Saladoff, the film tells the story of Stella Liebeck, the 79-year-old New Mexico resident who suffered third-degree burns from spilled coffee in a McDonald’s drive-thru. Liebeck’s lawsuit against the fast-food giant gained the housewife $2.9 million in settlement money, international headlines and the ire of many who saw the case as frivolous and excessive.

Miss Biz Journal