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    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
    Mexico ,
    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
    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 Stellas for the past year:

    *SEVENTH 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 store owners were understandably surprised by
    the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.
    Start scratching!
    * 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
    when he
    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
    com
    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..
    *FOURTH 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 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
    the
    floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during
    an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their
    own actions?
    Only two more so ease up on the scratching....
    *SECOND PLACE*
    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
    sneak through
    the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury
    said
    the night club had to pay her $12,000....oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.
    Go figure.
    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,
    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.

    Are we, as a society, getting more stupid.... or are more members of
    Congress serving on juries these days?
    SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM

    "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."
    -Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"

    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

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    Can the plaintiffs and lawyers for these cases be summarily shot? Please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    Can the plaintiffs and lawyers for these cases be summarily shot? Please?
    WHY????,you would just get sued because they may get lead poisoning.

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    What else do you expect from 12 people who couldn't get out of jury duty...
    "never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna

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    This is old stuff (at least since 2001) that has been floating around the internet. Its bogus. See Snopes:

    snopes.com: Stella Awards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bama512 View Post
    This is old stuff (at least since 2001) that has been floating around the internet. Its bogus. See Snopes:

    snopes.com: Stella Awards
    That's the first bit of good news I've had all day. The bad part is that our juries have gotten so out of control that this list is believable, if not true.
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    Yeah, the sad thing is we can actually believe crap like that these days.
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