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Old 09-13-2003, 05:26 PM
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And now, for something "completely different."

Subject: Stella awards

It's once again time to review the winners of the annual Stella awards.

The Stella's are named after 81 year old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued Macdonald's. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States. Unfortunately the most recent lawsuit implicating Macdonald's, the teens who allege that eating at Macdonald'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 neighbour 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 were 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 house owner'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 neighbours 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 neighbouring 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 drivers 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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Old 09-13-2003, 05:43 PM
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Just so you know

Gates annoy me, so I decided to experiment , I put the 4X4 in low first,crawl, jumped out, opened the gate, but I had to hurriedly jump back in to steer though the gate.
Well I was bored it seemed a good idea. It wastes so much time opening and shutting gates.
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Old 09-13-2003, 06:57 PM
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Hey Fred...

I know you posted this article on the "Stella" awards to furnish a bit of humor, but reading this has really pissed me off. It is a total shame that this type of legal garbage happens every day in this country's court rooms
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:46 PM
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Like MJC I, too, get PO'd when I hear verdicts like this. And, not that I condone the decisions, sometimes there are facts left out when we hear of such decisions.

As in example, the famous McDonalds hot coffee case. The reason that I heard why the verdict went in favor of the woman who spilt it was because it was found that McDonalds actually REUSES their coffee grounds to get more saleable coffee from each pot by using substantially hotter water than is required for the first brew.

I also heard that the woman originally asked for only medical expenses be paid, but McDonalds declined and went to court instead.

How true this is, I cannot verify. But, if it is, it shows how media tends to twist the details to make a story more newsworthy. And how untruths spread like wildfire.
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Old 09-13-2003, 11:58 PM
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Your both right.

"Details" do get left out, but the basic 'nut' of the case is usually pretty much on the mark. But you can assume the 'devil's in the details' .... ergo the Judgement.

Wish HalMeister were still here to give us a 'legal perspective.'
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Old 09-14-2003, 07:30 PM
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I sure hope the Winnabego driver did not have progeny for intellect of his "high quality" needs to be removed from the populace. And the dude who locked himself in the garage while burglarizing ought to be given a contract for a Pepsi commercial featuring his attempted burglary and subsequent "survival" on Pepsi, not to mention the great dog food commercial it could provide.
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Old 09-15-2003, 09:11 AM
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With all due respect, I would have to question the validity of many of these suits. For example, I know for a fact that the case that one 1st prize here is a complete and utter hoax, an urban myth of sorts. It's been retold over the course of several years now, with a slightly different spin each time.

Makes for good reading, but don't believe everything that you read.
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Old 09-16-2003, 09:24 AM
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There is a reason why there are more lawyers in this country than doctors.

True bottom feeders.
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