Stella Awards

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[FONT=Tahoma] > > STELLA AWARDS:
> >
> >
> >
> > 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 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 2009:
> >
> >
> > * 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.
> >
> > Scratch some more…
> >
> >
> > * 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 Keep scratching. There are more…
> >
> > Double hand scratching after this one…
> >
> >
> > * 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. What
> > ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions?
> >
> > Only two more so ease up on the
> > scratching…
> >
> >
> > 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 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 in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a
> > motor home.
> >
> > If you think the court system is out
> > of control, be sure to pass this one on.[/FONT]

:roll: At least do an internet search before you post this crap on here.

Jeff

It’s not hard to find this stuff if you try.:wink:

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