Stella Awards...

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  1. vinny_spiruccino

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    2005 Stella Awards
    >Time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards."
    >The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who
    >spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM).

    >That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous,
    >ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States
    >Here are this year's winners:
    >5th Place (tie):
    >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 owners of the store were
    >understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving
    >little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.
    >5th Place (tie):
    >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 didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the
    >car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
    >5th Place (tie):
    >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 couldn't 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 eight 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.
    >In my opinion this is so outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place!
    >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. 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 just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who
    >had climbed over the fence into the yard and 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
    >2nd Place:
    >Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a
    >night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window

    >to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while
    >Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to

    >avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge . She was awarded $12,000 and
    >dental expenses
    >< st1:address w:st="on">1st Place:
    >This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City,
    >Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor
    >home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven

    >onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left

    >the driver's seat to go into the back & make herself a sandwich. Not
    >surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned.
    >Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual

    >that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000.
    >plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on
    >the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete
    morons around.
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