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Post *LOL* 2011 Annual 'Stella Awards'! Sue America - March 4, 2012, 02:04 AM

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
kind of cases that make you scratch your head.
So keep your head scratcher handy


Here are the Stellas for this past year -- 2011


* 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!! Drum roll ...


* 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
owners 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
and America has lost ALL common sense, be sure to pass this one on!!!


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All the court system is doing is reinforcing the belief that people really aren't responsible for their actions. What a damn shame.


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What about that chick who just won a million bucks from Paula Abdul's camp for tripping in her driveway. Apparently it was during some reality show shoot. Did Paula Abdul have a reality show? Anyways, I think she broke her foot or something. Let me make one thing clear...I would SHATTER my own ankle with a hammer for a million bucks.


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so hard to believe anything anymore.. these are all fake, but crazy shit like this does happen. Was talking to someone about a thread I read on here where police go easy on speeding tickets when people have a CDL... cuz we all know some dumbass will sue the Police for giving him a legit ticket that causes him to lose his job... messed up world we live in.


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