WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A tort reform advocate who was interviewed for a documentary that debuts Monday on HBO says his comments were taken out of context, though the filmmaker is defending her editing.

Victor Schwartz, general counsel of the American Tort Reform Association, says director Susan Saladoff and her movie -- titled "Hot Coffee" -- edited his opinion on public financing for judicial elections to benefit the film's goal. Saladoff is a first-time filmmaker who is also a medical malpractice lawyer.

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