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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 the 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 Stella's for the past year:
7TH 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.
6TH 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. Go ahead, grab your head
scratcher.
5TH 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 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...
4TH 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 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. Grrrrr.
Scratch, scratch.
3RD 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? Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more
Stellas to go...
2ND 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.
1ST PLACE
: (May I have a fanfare played on 50 kazoos please) This year's runaway
First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City ,
Oklahoma , Who purchased a 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! 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...? Ya Think??!! More
than a few of our judge's elevators don't go to the top floor either!
 

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:hyst: :lol: :clap: :clap: :thumb: :thumb:

Those were real good, Scott !!

Scooter Scott said:
7TH 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.
You gotta keep a close eye on those people from Austin, Texas !!! :lol:
 

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My last call for jury duty was almost as head-scratching.

Twelve of us sat in a room for four hours while the lawyers argued with each other. When they returned, they told us that the case had been thrown out and that we were done.

The case? Some woman hit the carriage of one of the scenic horse-and-carriage rides downtown, in broad daylight, and she wanted to sue the owners of the horse-and-carriage service for damage to her car. She claimed that the carriage was "not visible enough". Yes, this is true.

:bill:

At least the judge threw this one out, and I now won't be eligible for jury duty for several years.
 

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OMG, I can't believe those people were awarded anything but a kick in the :censor: !!!!
:lol:

Colleen said:
You gotta keep a close eye on those people from Austin, Texas !!! :lol:
:bag:
 

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Now dear Dasha, I was just teasing you ! ;)

Great to see you here. I was starting to get worried about you.
 

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Amazing! :doh:

Especially number 1. :doh: :doh: :doh:

I don't know who're worse. The claimants or the juries. :wall:

I don't think you'd get cases like that over here...........Maybe one day.....It's 'Idiocracy' in the making over here. :cuss:

:lol: :lol:
 
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