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message posted 14-Feb-11 10:17:02
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 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 this past
year 2010:


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!


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...


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 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 Keep scratching. There are more...

Double hand scratching after this


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.

Pick a new spot to scratch, you're
getting a bald spot..


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


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!!


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.

message posted 03-Mar-11 20:56:04

Still, thanks for a good laugh.
It is all fkd up!!!!!!!!
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