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Pagan
01-25-2006, 10:30 AM
It's time to review the winners of the "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. This is why lawyers should be thrown into a deep lake wearing cement sneakers.

Here are the winners:

5th Place (tie):

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 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 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.

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.

4th Place:

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 had climbed over the fence into the yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place:

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.

2nd Place:

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.

1st Place:

The runaway winner is Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand 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 drivers 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 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.

UltraDol-Fan
01-25-2006, 10:54 AM
:fire: I want names and addresses...

ILPhinFan88
01-25-2006, 11:18 AM
I still cant get over the lady who got $80,000 from triping over her own kid. :confused:

But they are all good :D

mor911
01-25-2006, 11:23 AM
I cannot believe we have jurors that are this stupid to give people free rides like this. Damn.

Boone
01-25-2006, 11:48 AM
I'm sueing you $25,000 for making me waste a few minutes of my time reading this and having feelings of anger and disgust... :judge:

ILPhinFan88
01-25-2006, 12:01 PM
I think my employer is sueing finheaven for a years lost wages plus damages, just giving you guys a heads up.:D

Buddwalk
01-25-2006, 01:14 PM
cant believe people are getting rich over these dumb cases :shakeno:

Pagan
01-25-2006, 07:52 PM
Wow...just found out it's ALL bull.

Bogus Stella Awards (http://www.stellaawards.com/bogus.html)

Kinda restores my faith in the judicial system. :lol:

SuavePhin
01-25-2006, 08:14 PM
I think my employer is sueing finheaven for a years lost wages plus damages, just giving you guys a heads up.:D


This i would actually find believable *cough* mor mindwarp talos *cough* ;)

Jt0323
01-25-2006, 09:18 PM
Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa -Seinfeld (sorry had to do it)

Quelonio
01-25-2006, 10:40 PM
Only in america young people, only in america

AirFishOne
01-25-2006, 11:19 PM
haha the number 1 chick was on her way from a OU game

she was probably still in awe from the amazing sooners :tongue:

Rocky Raccoon
01-25-2006, 11:43 PM
Wow...just found out it's ALL bull.

Bogus Stella Awards (http://www.stellaawards.com/bogus.html)

Kinda restores my faith in the judicial system. :lol:

thank god, I almost moved to Canada

sugarcane
01-26-2006, 09:24 AM
Can't fix stupid! :dolphins:

NJFINSFAN1
01-26-2006, 09:28 AM
Wow...just found out it's ALL bull.

Bogus Stella Awards (http://www.stellaawards.com/bogus.html)

Kinda restores my faith in the judicial system. :lol:

You'll be hearing from my lawyer for false threading!!!:yell:

UltraDol-Fan
01-26-2006, 10:11 AM
Wow...just found out it's ALL bull.

Bogus Stella Awards (http://www.stellaawards.com/bogus.html)

Kinda restores my faith in the judicial system. :lol:

whew, some of those were hard to believe but you never know