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2008 Stella Awards

Postby ensanimal » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:25 am

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 Stellas 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 Stellas 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 Stellas 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 onto 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
in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also
buy a motor home.



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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby thedude » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:06 pm

ensanimal wrote:
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 onto 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
in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also
buy a motor home.



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IMO that is a legit case for product liability, people in the past done that, so the manufacturer should have warned her not to leave the drivers seat.
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby pokerplaya » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:02 pm

Wow, just wow... :-b
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby AquaMan2342 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:12 pm

Funny you mention these. I did some intern work for a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor that fights junk lawsuits like the ones named above. Some of the lawsuits that I have seen and heard of are laughable to say the least.

They also have a wacky warning label contest every year for these companies that have to continually cover every corner when it comes to avoiding these types of suits. They are pretty humorous. Link: http://www.mlaw.org/wwl/photos.html
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby jlm53089 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:34 pm

My arms are sore from working out, am I allowed to sue the YMCA? :-?
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby Mookie4ever » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:52 pm

Who uses hubcaps anymore? Who buys used hubcaps?

Those were all jury awards. Stupid people thinking that insurance companies should pay just because they are big companies and can afford it.
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby GiantsFan14 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:19 pm

wow this tilts me so hard, god i hate people.
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby DbacksRback » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:26 pm

those were crazy 8-o
Not a lawsuit but stupid: A kid on my team told me about a player on his high school team was prjected to go 1st round. He made a bet with a teamate that he could throw a ball over the CF fence without warming up......for a soda. In the attempt he blew out his arm and needed TJ Surgery- got drafted in the 12th round %-6
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:26 pm

can someone explain the legal stance of a criminal breaking a law or breaking and entering your property and still having rights afterward? is it simply that just because someone breaks a crime, they dont lose their legal and civic rights? because if someone broke into my house and injured themselves and then tried to sue me, i really dont know what i would do.
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Re: 2008 Stella Awards

Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:27 pm

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apparently someone just changed 2005 to 2008.
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