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Dick, & Barb Cain

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02-05-2012 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

Easy way to make money. What’s wrong with people today? Stupid juries!
 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 think that one could be burnt doing
That? 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 this past 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.

            Scratch some more…

             FIFTH PLACE

            Terrence Dickson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who was leaving a house he had just burgled via 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 bum 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 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 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 toilet window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms Walton was trying to sneak through the window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000…. Plus dental expenses.

            Here is the winner!
             FIRST PLACE

            This year’s 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 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.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 06:17 PM

I’m like # 1, full of little giggles….
One of these days I’m gonna do something
stupid and maybe I could Winn this lottery.
You know my Toyota pick up has one of
those fancy auto pilots…..

Later I’m off to walmart to buy a portable refrigerator for the back seat of my pick up,
maybe some deli meat and bread too!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 06:17 PM

I’m laughing, and crying, at the same time.
Truth is stranger than fiction, isn’t it!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 06:20 PM

I think too many, way too many judges are freekin IDIOTS! I said a long time ago: I’ve had it with “stupids”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 06:24 PM

I swear, I hate seeing this sort of stuff!

”Thinning The Herd” should be legalized;
1) Over population would not be an issue.
2) “Gene Pool” would be a lot “Cleaner”!
3) Less people = Less “Global Warming”
4) Close “Wild Game” hunting, Open “The Most Dangerous Game” TV series!
5) Anything caught on camera makes great “Reality TV”.

Just an idea!!!!

Natural Selection IS natural!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 06:25 PM

It is fortunte that we have an appellate system in our courts. I seem to remember that McDonald’s appealed the ruling and won, never paying a dime to Stella. Your right the jury system has a great deal of flaws.

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 06:47 PM

first place= urban legend

Then the whole falsehood of the Stella’s can be found here. Snopes

I am not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, but when we talk of thinning the herd maybe we should at the very least do some research.

I know the hot coffee thing gets bandied about on the internets quite a bit but the facts of the case are not carried in the sound bites at five. I have much more faith in our jury system than many I see around the world.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 06:59 PM

Americans are known for Lawsuits.
Like they say they sue at the drop of a hat.

Ever watch People’s Court on TV…. crazy world.

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 07:09 PM

I think dedicated jurors, people that would deliberate for a living would be a better idea. Train and test these jurors so stuff like this does not happen. The problem with a jury of your peers is just that, if your a moron, than 12 other morons decide what you get.

Nonetheless I am going outside to trim my hedges with my Honda lawnmower and then sue Honda when I cut my fingers off, that way I can afford that new Winnebago.

@DIYaholic, I’m with you!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 02-05-2012 07:14 PM

Funny stories, but bad information. You are referring to legends or made up stories that bolster complaints against a case (Liebeck) you probably don’t have complete information on. Truth is easy to find here, it’s just not funny. Check out the Darwin Awards. They are funny and it doesn't matter if they are true. -Jack

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 07:29 PM

what is really sad is that this is the tip of the iceberg as most of these type of suits are settled out of court and the insurance company just pays them to go away….why? because it just ups your rates instead of worrying about right and wrong….
tort reform is the only answer….If the losing party in these frivolous suits would be stuck with the legal defense costs far far fewer of these actions would make it to court…and the insurance companies would find it is cheaper to actually fight them then pay them.

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#11 posted 02-05-2012 07:39 PM

doughan, what is really sad to me is that the original post is NOT TRUE and yet folks continue to comment on it as if it was true.
People will believe what they want. I know that to be true, but internet hoaxes shouldn’t be repeated as fact.

There are two posts above with links to the actual facts, so I will leave this thread alone and let you all continue on.

-- Mel,

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 07:42 PM

doughan, You are right on!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 07:46 PM

i think the $1.5M sawstop case should at least get an honorable mention.

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 07:47 PM

You will be hearing from my lawyer. While reading your post I got distracted and spilt hot coffee on my lap and scalded myself.

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#15 posted 02-05-2012 08:40 PM

Nobody really believes any of this, do they? I know that it is useful for ginning up outrage and eliciting cries for tort reform but you’d think that who ever pushes this BS could come up with some new fabrications. These fairy tales have been floating around for at least 10 years.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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