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06-29-10, 10:27 AM #1
Stella Awards- Stupid Lawsuit Verdicts
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
where she purchased 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
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 Stellas for the past year:
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 store owners were understandably surprised by
the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.
* SIXTH 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
was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
Scratch some more...
* FIFTH PLACE * Terrence Dickson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who 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 and survive on a case
of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance
pany claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance
com pany must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have
this kind of anguish. Keep scratching. There are more...
Double hand scratching after this one..
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 atthe
time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the
yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.
Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot..
* THIRD PLACE *
Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a
Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a
spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on
floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during
an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their
Only two more so ease up on the scratching....
Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a night club 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
the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury
the night club had to pay her $12,000....oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.
Ok. Here we go!!
* FIRST PLACE *
This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv
Grazinski, of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , who purchased new 32-foot
Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game,
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
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
$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.
Are we, as a society, getting more stupid.... or are more members of
Congress serving on juries these days?SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
06-29-10, 02:30 PM #2
Can the plaintiffs and lawyers for these cases be summarily shot? Please?
06-29-10, 04:12 PM #3
06-29-10, 11:31 PM #4
What else do you expect from 12 people who couldn't get out of jury duty..."never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna
06-30-10, 11:43 AM #5
06-30-10, 02:41 PM #6
07-02-10, 02:16 AM #7
Yeah, the sad thing is we can actually believe crap like that these days.CHIRP! CHIRP!
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