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Stella Awards
« on: September 08, 2015, 11:58:30 AM »
This is an email sent to me by my sister. I can't vouch for its accuracy.



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 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 US You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head.   
So keep your head scratcher handy.   
Here are the Stellas for this year: 


 
* SEVENTH 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. 
Start scratching!



* SIXTH 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.


* FIFTH 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 and survive 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


* FOURTH 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.   
Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot.


* THIRD 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. 
Only two more so ease up on the scratching..


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*SECOND 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.   
OK. Here we go!!


 
* FIRST PLACE *   
This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnabago 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 Winnabago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnabago 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. Winnabago 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.   
If you think the USA court system is out of control, be sure to pass this one on.
 
 
 

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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 12:26:25 PM »
I'd a said no one could put that much stupid in a single post...and I'da been stupid saying it.  After reading it all I can say is We're screwed!   :-\
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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 02:22:49 PM »
I've heard the first-place, motor-home story before.
I don't believe that it's true. I heard it presented as a joke.

That throws a shadow upon all of the other stories.
Shall we consult Snopes?
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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2015, 02:34:23 PM »
Some posts really get my blood boiling... would like to believe that these can not possibly be true, but know better than that.  :-[

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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2015, 05:45:14 PM »
Actually the original post of this thread is a figment of your imagination.
It does not exist and did not appear on your computer screen.
You were asleep and having a bad dream and now that you are awake you are confused.
If you feel dizzy and are having a headache take two aspirin and call me in the morning.
Everything is going to be alright, calm down and take a deep breath.

There . . . . Now don't you feel better?

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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2015, 11:38:05 AM »
You are now entering...the dim light zone!
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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2015, 04:35:52 PM »
THANKS FELLA'S!!!   I FEEL LIKE A NEW MAN!!    I CAN SEE!   I CAN SEE!   ;D  ;D  ;D

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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2015, 06:10:33 AM »
I have heard of the 1st place winner of the Stella Award before, but heard it was a man not a woman
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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2015, 02:44:28 PM »
Although there are many lawsuits which result in unconscionable awards, the late Mrs. liebeck's case was not one of them . Almost all of the "facts" cited are incorrect. Stella Liebeck was a passenger in her grandson's car, the car was stationary at the time of the injury, the issue was not the position of the coffee cup but the temperature of it's contents. If she had attempted to drink the coffee she would have also been grievously injured. The large award was due to the fact that McDonalds had been amply warned by a large number of previous incidents that their coffee was being served a a temperature which made it unfit for human consumption.In the words of Yogi Berra "you could look it up"...if you are interested, just google Stella Liebeck.

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Re: Stella Awards
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2015, 06:22:50 PM »
Hey, welcome back MASTER BLASTER a blast from the paster!  ;D  It has been awhile. Good to see you on the board again!

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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 01:43:45 PM »
Although there are many lawsuits which result in unconscionable awards, the late Mrs. liebeck's case was not one of them . Almost all of the "facts" cited are incorrect. Stella Liebeck was a passenger in her grandson's car, the car was stationary at the time of the injury, the issue was not the position of the coffee cup but the temperature of it's contents. If she had attempted to drink the coffee she would have also been grievously injured. The large award was due to the fact that McDonalds had been amply warned by a large number of previous incidents that their coffee was being served a a temperature which made it unfit for human consumption.In the words of Yogi Berra "you could look it up"...if you are interested, just google Stella Liebeck.

You are correct, I have a attorney friend who was/is friends with the attorney's involved with that case
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