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Dec. 11th, 2002 | 01:20 pm

It's time once again to consider the candidates for the annual Stella Awards (particularly the last one!). The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.

The following are this year's candidates:

1. Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $780,000 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.

2. A 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 hub caps.

3. 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.

4. 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 was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. This year's favorite could easily be Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip home, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the R.V. left the
freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski suedWinnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded him $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 buying their recreation vehicles.


kinda sickening what our justice system lets through...

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Kelly

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from: girlfloyd
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 10:42 am (UTC)
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hahha, that's funny stuff!!

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 10:49 am (UTC)
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Yeah.. the sad thing is that it's true stuff....

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Kelly

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from: girlfloyd
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 10:55 am (UTC)
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eh well, at least it provides entertainment for the rest of us!

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 11:02 am (UTC)
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very very very true

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He had my heart at hello

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from: __cherriesnlove
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 11:04 am (UTC)
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LMAO!! Makes you feel stupid that you have never tried something that stupid to make an extra buck..LMAO

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 11:13 am (UTC)
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As much as I would like the $$.. I wouldn't be able to do something like any of these....

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from: opettaa
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 11:10 am (UTC)
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actually, most of these aren't true. there's a page at snopes.com about this... but I can't find it right now. I'll look when I get off work.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 11:13 am (UTC)
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I know a couple of them are... Cause I saw them in the papers when they were going on...
Either way I can see how they could be.... It IS the way the courts are in the US....

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irisira03

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from: irisira03
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 12:12 pm (UTC)
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They should be lucky I wasn't on those juries .......

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 12:14 pm (UTC)
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My mind would have been made up he second I heard what it was about...
Stupid people..
errr..
More like easy juries...

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Dawn

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from: crackofdawn
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 12:51 pm (UTC)
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That's so scary (weird, amazing, strange?) that it's funny.

Damn, I'm amused now :)

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 02:32 pm (UTC)
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ooo baby... I was able to amuse YOU?
so, what did ya think of the pics then? lol

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jess

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from: thuqqin
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 02:11 pm (UTC)
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add me?

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Who are you?????

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jess

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from: thuqqin
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)
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I just stumbled onto your journal..Im no one special. But, my name is Nicole if that matters any :\

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 02:37 pm (UTC)
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sure.. add me and i'll add ya...

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from: cutelilsk8er
date: Dec. 11th, 2002 03:35 pm (UTC)
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True or not, that sounds like the legal system in Michigan. Always going in favor of the fool.

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Jean Louise Bullfinch

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from: cerulean
date: Dec. 14th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Bwahaha. I wanna sue someone now.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 14th, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Tell ya what... We'll go out on a date.. at a nice restaurant... You throw a glass of soda at me... and then stomp out.. but make sure you slip on the ice ;-)
deal? hehe
We'll split the profits 75/25... cause you gotta suffer the pain :-D

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Jean Louise Bullfinch

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from: cerulean
date: Dec. 15th, 2002 03:30 pm (UTC)
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75 in my favor though right? :)

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Dec. 15th, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Of course.. you are the one with the pain :-D
I'm just the one who came up with the idea and is taking the brunt of the soda first.. hehe

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from: dreamyemmy
date: Jan. 3rd, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)
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After reading that, I really don't know whether to laugh or cry. Oy.

I added you to my list. Hope that's okay. =]

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Jan. 4th, 2003 01:45 am (UTC)
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Hehe... well.. since this post, you will now be able to see that there were many others (my journal is friends only :-D)
*swoosh* added ya cause you passed the test of being nice enough to read my innermost thoughts :-D

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