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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:55 am 
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It's time again for the annual Stella Awards! For those unfamiliar with
these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck, who spilled
hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico
where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the
coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever
think one could get burned doing that, right? That's right, these are awards
for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the
kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher
handy .

Here are the Stella's for the past year:

7TH PLACE:
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her
peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running
inside a furniture store. The storeowners were understandably surprised by
the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

6TH PLACE:
Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California, won $74,000 plus medical
expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman
apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he
was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

5TH PLACE:
Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just
burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic
garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to
open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the
garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for
eight, count 'em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog
food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming undue mental
Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson
$500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.

4TH PLACE :
Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella's
when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the
butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the beagle was on a
chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked
for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the
time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the
fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

3RD PLACE:
A jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster,
Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke
her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms.Carson had
thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. Whatever
happened to people being responsible for their own actions?

Hang in there. There are only two more Stella's to go.

2ND PLACE
Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, sued the owner of a nightclub in a nearby
city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out
her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the
ladies' room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said
the nightclub had to pay her $12,000, oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.

1ST PLACE:
This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski
of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor
home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to
the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the
driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich.
Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned.
Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the
owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the
cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down,
$1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home.
Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in
case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:46 am 
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I think the legal team won because the store didn't ask her to control her child. If they had then they wouldn't have libel. :?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:49 am 
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Only in America..... :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:41 pm 
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C'mon, are these for real? I suppose that if an idiot is judged by a jury of their peers then it is reasonable to assume that the jurors are idiots also.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:45 pm 
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they are meant to real :?
i dont know for certain tho (but i know the mcdonadls coffee one defo is as it was on the news here) :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:46 pm 
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These have been doing the rounds for a few yesrs, still funny !

And from - http://www.stellaawards.com/

Claimed Case
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $780,000 by a jury after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running amuck inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving tyke was Ms. Robertson's son. Fabricated.

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran his hand over with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice someone was at the wheel of the car whose hubcap he was trying to steal. Fabricated.

Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Penn., was exiting a house he finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up because the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, so Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. Dickson sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars and change. Fabricated.

Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced-in yard, as was Mr. Williams. The award was less than sought after because the jury felt the dog may have been provoked by Mr. Williams who, at the time, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun. Fabricated.

A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. Fabricated.

Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a nightclub in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses. Fabricated.

The "winner" every year: In November, Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip home, having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he could not actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago. Fabricated.

And just so you know that cooler heads do occasionally prevail: Kenmore Inc., the makers of Dorothy Johnson's microwave, were found not liable for the death of Mrs. Johnson's poodle after she gave it a bath and attempted to dry it by putting the poor creature in her microwave for, "just a few minutes, on low," The case was quickly dismissed. Fabricated from a very old urban legend!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:24 pm 
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Hmmm...

Can I sue Retrobike for cramp sustained while operating my mouse for extended periods of time? :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:36 pm 
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well there you go aparently all fabricated :wink:
still funny tho


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:30 pm 
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reminds me of the darwin awards :lol: ......... A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises
Honoring those who improve the species...by
accidentally removing themselves from it!

http://www.darwinawards.com/


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:30 am 
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lumos2000 wrote:
reminds me of the darwin awards :lol: ......... A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises
Honoring those who improve the species...by
accidentally removing themselves from it!

http://www.darwinawards.com/


One of my favourite Darwin award winners is a guy who strapped a pack of take off assist solid fuel rockets to the roof of his car. :lol:


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