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Old 11-20-2002, 04:18 PM   #1
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It's time once again to consider the candidates for the annual Stella Awards. The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. 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 juryof 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. 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 didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbour'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 neighbour'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 neighbouring 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. 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.



I look forward to seeing what you think of these....NB especially...:O)
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Old 11-20-2002, 04:26 PM   #2
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only in America..
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I am truly speechless......
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Shenanigans!

Shenanigans!!

I sincerely doubt the veracity of many of these stories. What are your sources? How were they verified?
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Shenanigans!

Shenanigans!!

I sincerely doubt the veracity of many of these stories. What are your sources? How were they verified?
It arrived from a buddy of mine. I sincerely doubt we are getting the whole story.....However.....if they are true...


WOW!!!!
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Actually, this is the nickel and dime stuff of our legal system. Juries can award damages as high as they can count. Subsequent legal proceedings modify the awards to the realm of reasonableness. The real damage to society comes in the form of some class action lawsuits.

I've been involved in a couple of large class action lawsuits involving medical products. The plaintiff’s lawyers treat these lawsuits as a business investment. Money and time are invested with the hopes of a big payoff at the expense of a large corporation. Concern for the client is a distant thought.

Take the breast implant litigation. Plaintiff's lawyers would basically sign up anyone who currently or previously had implants. The complaints used in the litigation were simplified checklists. Essentially, place a check by each symptom you have that was caused by the implants. Symptoms included fatigue and memory loss.

The original settlement agreement called for a payment of $4 Billion dollars. One billion was for attorney’s fees. For some attorneys, the award of attorney’s fees meant that they would be earning five figures an hour.
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Take the breast implant litigation. .
Like what about penile implants..umm..oh, nevermind..

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Hello,

Can I vote for them all? They all deserve it, IMO. And if you deny me the right to vote for all of them, I'm gonna sue you!

C ya!

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