Mitchell Rofsky, Rick Newman
Ralph talks to former protégé, Mitchell Rofsky, who founded the “Better World Club,” an eco-friendly alternative to AAA. And we also check in with Rick Newman, the executive director of The American Museum of Tort Law about the importance of preserving our civil justice system.
“We fight with them (AAA Automobile Club) on everything from green house gas regulation of automobiles to bike lanes. They’re against bike lanes in much of the country…they sided with the oil companies in California to not raise royalty rates for oil drilling. I mean it’s such another example of… where they will get in bed with big business that has nothing to do with the interest of their members.”
Mitchell Rofsky: President of Better World Club, an eco-friendly alternative to AAA.
“Visitors to the museum are going to have their eyes opened when they learn the real facts of the Stella Liebeck vs. McDonald’s case. About the fact that McDonald’s knew that their coffee was dangerously far too hot to sell safely. That McDonald’s had had seven hundred prior burn cases… that Stella Liebeck offered to settle for a nominal sum ($20,000) and that McDonald’s refused. That the jury heard all the evidence, saw graphic evidence of the (third degree) burns she had suffered, which required skin graphs, and ultimately returned a verdict that included punitive damages (2.7M later reduced to $480K)), which represented only two days of McDonald’s coffee sales profits.”
Rick Newman: Executive Director of the American Museum of Tort Law