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> It's time once again to consider the candidates for the 2003 Stella
> Awards. The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who
> spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonalds.
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> That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most uniquely successful
> lawsuits in the United States for last year. Actually, joint awards
> should be given to the plaintiff attorneys and the flaming idiots on
> the
> juries who awarded anything at all to these morons--who deserved
> NOTHING!!!!
>
> The following are this year's candidates:
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> 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.
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> 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 hubcaps.
>
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> 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 reenter 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.
>
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> 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.
>
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> 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.
>
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> 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.
>
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> 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
> RV 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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Reading that just pissed me off!

I don't know who is stupider, the person suing, or the jury that actually decided to award them for their stupidity.
 

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I think Snowmaker should sue HCN for falling off the walk way where no rail was installed!
 

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QUOTE(afiremen @ Jan 6 2004, 10:31 AM)I think Snowmaker should sue HCN for falling off the walk way where no rail was installed!

Good Idea!!

I suffered severe mental anguish, and lost all my #s in my cell phone.
 

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and they didn't provide a way up from the water!
 

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QUOTE(afiremen @ Jan 6 2004, 10:36 AM)and they didn't provide a way up from the water!
Right! <_<
 

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I don't think it is too late. Get that suit going!
 

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hmm wonder if i could sue the beer company for me having a beer belly??


or a bar for giving me a hang over the next morning?? damm id be rich...
 

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QUOTE(afiremen @ Jan 6 2004, 10:40 AM)I don't think it is too late. Get that suit going!

I don't think I'd make too many here happy by doing that.

Unless I maybe donate some of my winnings to SOSCL.
 

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Good call Bill272! quick google search got the same results.
For sure the system is a huge racket, played by white collar cons!
 
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