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The Stella Awards 2002

It's once again time to review the winners of the annual Stella awards.
The Stellas are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on
herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the Stella
Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.
Unfortunately the most recent lawsuit implicating McDonald's, the teens
who allege that eating at McDonald's has made them fat, was filed after the
2002 award voting was closed. This suit will top the 2003 awards list
without question.

5th place (Tied).
Kathleen Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her
peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running
inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably
surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving toddler was Ms
Robertson's Son.

5th place (Tied).
19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses
when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr Truman
apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when
he was trying to steal the hubcaps.

5th place (Tied).
Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was leaving a house he had just
finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage
door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He
could not re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and
garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation and Mr.
Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a
case of Pepsi he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the
homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental
anguish. The Jury agreed to the tune of $500,000!

4th place.
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 dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The
award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a
little provoked at the time as Mr Williams who had climbed over the fence into
the yard was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd place.
A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster
Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her
coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had
thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd place.
Kara Walton of Claymont Delaware sued the owner of a Night Club in a
neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and
knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms. Walton was
trying to sneak out of the window in the Ladies Room to avoid paying the
$3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place.
This year's runaway winner was Mr Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma. Mr Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motor Home. On
his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the Freeway,
he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back
and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly the RV left the Freeway,
crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising
him in the owner's manual that he could not actually do this. The jury
awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motor Home. The company
actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case
there were any other complete morons buying their recreation vehicles.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2003, 11:20 AM
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how can they win like that???? that's bs. and people with actual legit cases get suckered.
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They really should make common sense a legal loophole

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Originally posted by rdrash
They really should make common sense a legal loophole
Can you imagine the difficulty in trying to write a law that defines "common sense" not only is it different from city to city but lets not forget about race, religion, education, background whatever.
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