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Old 08-18-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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Stella Awards

Proof of entitlement mentality

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 Stella¢s 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 motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just incase Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.



Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...? Yes and the lawyers are getting richer, not to mention the corrupt judges!
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:32 PM   #2
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http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp
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we can all laugh at this but, sometimes, some of us have legitimate grounds for a lawsuit.
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Re: Stella Awards

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Originally posted by Dreadsox
Proof of entitlement mentality

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Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...? Yes
I guess you could call this "proof" of WASP society's "pseudo-persecution mentality."
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Old 08-18-2007, 04:03 PM   #5
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LOL!!!!! Oopsssss My Bad
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we can all laugh at this but, sometimes, some of us have legitimate grounds for a lawsuit.
Especially in Stella Liebeck's case...
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all i'm saying is that sometimes a lawyer and a lawsuit is all an ordinary person has to defend himself.

it was lawsuits that got us seatbelts.

that's all i'm saying.
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Well, this jackass is still doing his best to jerk around with the system. How this was even allowed to reach trial in the first place boggles my mind. I don't even like the term "reasonable doubt" because what one rational person considers reasonable isn't necessarily reasonable to another person.

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WASHINGTON—Administrative law judge Roy L. Pearson who lost his $54 million lawsuit against the Chung family, Korean immigrants who he claimed had lost his pants at their dry cleaning business, is pressing on with the frivolous action, filing an appeal with the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Pearson, 57, had been seeking $54 million from defendants Soo Chung, Jin Nam Chung and Ki Y Chung who operate Custom Cleaners, maintaining that he was acting on behalf of consumers against poor business practices.

But following a trial, the judge ruled that Pearson’s lawsuit was meritless and ordered that he pay the Chungs their cost of defending the action—approximately $83,000—and that Pearson wasn’t entitled to anything from the dry cleaners.

However, the Chungs’ attorney Christopher Manning said in statement that his clients had decided not to ask the court to enforce its order against Pearson for the payment of their legal fees because they had raised enough money through their legal defense fund to pay their legal bill.

“Mr. Pearson had a choice today — to make peace and acknowledge the Chungs’ amazing generosity … or to continue with this ridiculous case,” Manning said in a statement. “Mr. Pearson, unfortunately, chose desperate irrationality over common sense, unnecessarily costing the parties more wasted time and the D.C. taxpayers more wasted money.”

“The Chungs have done everything possible to put this nightmare behind them and return to their normal lives”, Manning said. “They have won resoundingly at trial, raised donations from gracious private donors to pay for their litigation costs, let Mr. Pearson off the hook for personally paying their expenses and extended an olive branch to Mr. Pearson in hopes that he would end this matter and not appeal.”

The judge had found that the Chungs didn’t violate the city’s Consumer Protection Act by not delivering to Pearson the satisfaction he wanted as he claimed was advertised by their “satisfaction guaranteed” sign in their dry cleaning store.

Pearson maintains he’s continuing to fight for the best interests of the public.

Pearson maintained he wasn’t satisfied with the service he got from the dry cleaners and didn’t get same day service. He represented himself in the action and had demanded $2 million for himself to compensate him for his mental anguish and inconvenience plus a half million dollars for attorney’s fees for representing himself.

Pearson took several suits to the cleaners on May 2005 although he had already had several disagreements with the Chung family. When he requested his suits two days later, a pair of pants from one of the suits wasn’t ready. Pearson wanted the Chungs to reimburse him over $1,000, the full price of the suit, saying that the pants were lost.

After Pearson’s first demand for money, the Chungs said the pants had been found and they refused to pay Pearson his demand for $1,000. He refused to accept the pants and instead, sued, representing himself. He then resisted all attempts by the Chungs to settle the lawsuit, including their settlement offers of $3,000, $4,600 and $12,000 for the pants.

Pearson also wanted $15,000 to rent a car every weekend for 10 years in order to take his dry cleaning to another cleaner, arguing that he has a constitutional right to patronize a dry cleaner that is within four blocks of his apartment.

Pearson is the subject of a disciplinary complaint filed against him with the District of Columbia Bar by the American Association for Justice
http://www.northcountrygazette.org/n...nethical_judge

According to published reports, Pearson’s job as administrative judge could be in jeopardy when it comes up for review next month. 8-15-07
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Wow, this thread reminds me of watching the O'Reilly Factor:

You watch, you're shocked, but something inside tells you you're not being told the whole truth. You research and find that your instincts were correct.

But many millions of good people—especially old people—are left bitter and angry about the state of the world and, more often than not, liberalism's affect on it.

Make no mistake; it is painstakingly deliberate.
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I was going to bring up the judge - that's a legit news story and was utterly ridiculous. Fortunately, he lost his appointment as a judge after that.
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So of the 7 cases that Dread posted, which were:

a) totally bogus never happened
or
b) happened but are greatly exagerated?

Please clarify.
The lady who sued for the hot coffee spill is a reason for tort reform, on the other hand we need ppl like Ralph Nader to protect the consumer.

So a clarification for the participants of this thread would be greatly appreciated.

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Nevermind Dread I read the link meeganie posted.

Research your sources my boy.

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They either didn't or they did. There is no way to exagerate if someone used the cruise control to get up and make a sandwich.

If you read the snopes page you would know this.
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