Annual Stella Awards

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It's time once again to consider the candidates for the annual Stella Awards.

The Stellas are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who while sitting in the car placed a cup of hot coffee between her legs, managed to spill it on herself, and then successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the Stella awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.The following are this year's candidates:



1.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 little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.



2.A 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 hub caps.



3.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.



4.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 was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.



5.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.



6.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.



7.This year's favorite could easily be Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip home, 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 R.V.(recreation vehicle) left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he couldn't actually do this.
The jury awarded him $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 buying their recreation vehicles.





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PLEASE ASSIST OUR LAW OFFICES IN A TORT REFORM PROGRAM. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO PUT A STOP TO THESE INSANE JURY AWARDS BY SENDING THIS E-MAIL OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN THE HOPES OF SWAYING PUBLIC OPINION. PLEASE FORWARD IT TO EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS YOU KNOW.

Mary R. Hogelmen, Esq.
Law Offices of Hogelmen, Hogelmen, and Thomas
Dayton Ohio
 
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PLEASE FORWARD IT TO EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS YOU KNOW.
Yeah thats what the internet needs more spam. I'm sure that will cause a TORT REFORM program to work. Who writes these things?? :rolleyes:
 

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PLEASE FORWARD IT TO EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS YOU KNOW.

Yeah thats what the internet needs more spam


OK that's it! I'm suing!
 
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There is a case pending here concerning 1 of three intruders shot by their would be victim, the owner of a remote farm. He encountered them on his premises and fired a weapon twice - one of them was killed. The deceased was a 16 year old. For this the farmer was convicted of murder and got life. Due public pressure this has been reduced to manslaughter.

One of the other two, is currently suing for post traumatic stress, loss of sex life (he is in prison), an induced fear of loud bangs, and best of all - loss of earnings.

About 5 yrs ago here in London a Jamaican who had just shot 3 police officers. one of whom died, successfully sued for compensation to cover shoes he lost in the ensuing struggle to arrest him.

There have been calls to end this 'compensation culture' but it can only be ratified by Parliament - and 65% of our MPs were / are practising lawyers who stand to lose if changes are made.
 
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Thats interesting - some of the cases mentioned above were presented as fact in a national newspaper some time ago by people opposing such claims.

As regards the two cases I mentioned - yes they were both real.
 

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Go here:


http://www.stellaawards.com/


This is a site set up by Randy Cassingham of "This Is True" fame, and also "Heroic Stories". If you like this kind of thing, which I do, you can sign up for his periodic newsletter on this subject. I am a charter subscriber. Nothing is funnier, and sadder than the predicaments people get themselves into.
 
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When I first heard those stories from England I had to look them up to make sure they were true. I thought they were urban legends, but they're not!

My prior post about tort reform comes from the Urban Legends website (www.snopes.com). It supposedly was amended to the last of bogus cases and circulated as an email.
 
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Thank you for the link - I first heard of these stories probably in the early 80's as in 'Dog in Microwave' and 'The Gang Car'.
 

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