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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:16 am

A little late, maybe, but I hadn't seen these yet. Pretty unbelievable.

2005 Stella Awards!


Time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards."

The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who
spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM).
That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits
in the United States.


Here are the winners for 2005:

5th Place (tie):
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000.00 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.

5th Place (tie):
19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000.00 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 the hubcaps.

5th Place (tie):
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 re-enter 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 $500,000.00.

4th Place:
Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500.00 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
had climbed over the fence into the yard and was shooting the dog
repeatedly with a pellet gun
.

3rd Place:
A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500.00 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.

2ndPlace:
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 $12,000.00 and dental expenses.

1st Place:
This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor
home. On her first trip, (driving home from an OU football game), having
driven onto t he freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and
calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back & make herself a
sandwich
. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and
overturned Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the
owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded
her $1,750,000.00 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 around.
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Postby Slingblade » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:35 am

Are these for real?

The United States legal system is a big joke. :-t
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Postby knapplc » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:38 am

Slingblade wrote:Are these for real?

The United States legal system is a big joke. :-t


Don't worry, Slingblade!! Here I am to renew your faith in the US Legal System!

OK, so thiswon't restore your faith, but it does disprove most of these...
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Postby WickedSmaat » Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:00 am

knapplc wrote:
Slingblade wrote:Are these for real?

The United States legal system is a big joke. :-t


Don't worry, Slingblade!! Here I am to renew your faith in the US Legal System!

OK, so thiswon't restore your faith, but it does disprove most of these...


That just ruined the fun. Straight up :-t
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Postby PACKman1144 » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:22 pm

I hate some people. :-t Get a life. If you are that pathetic to do something like that, AND then sue. That pisses me off
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Postby moonhead » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:44 pm

i can't tell you how many variations of that winnebago story i've heard. just another stupid insert your most hated rival football team here jokes.

when i took a law class my instructor did talk about a few of these frivolous law suits. the one that stuck out in my mind was a guy that sued lawn boy or some lawn mower manufacturer because they didn't tell him not to pick up the mower and try to trim his hedges with it. he ended up losing his leg but making millions. stupid.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:03 pm

knapplc wrote:
Slingblade wrote:Are these for real?

The United States legal system is a big joke. :-t


Don't worry, Slingblade!! Here I am to renew your faith in the US Legal System!

OK, so thiswon't restore your faith, but it does disprove most of these...


*This article does not represent the views of Omaha Red Sox or the Cafe. ;-)
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Postby PackerAttack84 » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:51 pm

PACKman1144 wrote:I hate some people. :-t Get a life. If you are that pathetic to do something like that, AND then sue. That pisses me off


If I could get 1.75 million dollars and a new Winnebago I would do that.
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Postby PACKman1144 » Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:21 pm

PackerAttack84 wrote:
PACKman1144 wrote:I hate some people. :-t Get a life. If you are that pathetic to do something like that, AND then sue. That pisses me off


If I could get 1.75 million dollars and a new Winnebago I would do that.


I'd never acknowledge you again
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Postby BrutallyHuge » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:19 pm

PackerAttack84 wrote:
PACKman1144 wrote:I hate some people. :-t Get a life. If you are that pathetic to do something like that, AND then sue. That pisses me off


If I could get 1.75 million dollars and a new Winnebago I would do that.


Me too! Honor's in the dollar, kid.
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