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The Stella Lieback Awards

The last one's a classic!!!

> Subject:The Stella Liebeck Awards
> It's once again time to review the winners of the annual
> Stella awards.
> 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.
> Unfortunately the most recent lawsuit implicating McDonalds,
> the teens who
> allege that eating at McDonalds has made them fat, was filed
> after the 2002
> award voting was closed.
> This suit will top the 2003 awards list without question.
> 5th place (Tied)
> 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 toddler was
> Ms.Robertson's Son.
> 5th place (Tied)
> 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
> did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when
> he was trying
> to steal the hubcaps.
> 5th place (Tied)
> Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was leaving a house
> he had just
> finished robbing by way of the garage door. He was not able to get the
> garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was
> malfunctioning. He
> could not reenter 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 8 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 dog. 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 a little
> provoked at the time as Mr. Williams, who had climbed over
> the fence into
> the yard, 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 sued the owner of a nightclub in a
> neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to
> the floor and
> knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms.
> Walton was
> trying to crawl in through the window of the Ladies Room to
> avoid paying the
> $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.
> And now for annoucing the winner - 1st Place
> This year's runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City,
> Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a new Winnebago motorhome.
> On his trip
> home from an OU football game, 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
> RV left the
> freeway, crashed and overturned.
> Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the
> owner's manual that
> he could not actually do this. The jury awarded him
> $1,750,000 plus a new
> Winnebago 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

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Re: The Stella Lieback Awards

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.

hmmmmmmmmmmm, if i try this in my EA GHIA, maybe ford will give me a new BA GHIA, i don't recall it saying that would happen in the manual, then again we are not in the USA ....................... THANKGOD .......... but slowly the courts are going mad

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The world is MAD, whatever happened to taking responsibility for your actions.

You know I'm actually having more trouble accepting the mother tripping over her kid than any of the others.
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LOL at those. Hence the term... ONLY IN AMERICA™

There's plenty more stories like that, pretty sad really when there's things like homeless kids, suicide, poverty etc yet morons are getting paid heaps to be just that, Morons!

I wonder If I can sue Ford.. My XW Brochure said that my Fairmont was a luxury car yet it has no climate control, no ABS, airbags, and rust. I never knew rust was a luxury and there's a line in the book which said that i will have a lifetime of enjoyment with this car. Does that mean MY LIFETIME or the previous owners?.. /me trips over my Nikes and sues Michael Jordan for negligence instead.

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should go back to the old days of FIRING SQUADS for totally stupid people lol
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ROFL LMFAO!!! what a pisser!!!
but what happened to ppl taking responsibilty for their actions???

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As I read each one, I was wondering what example of stupidity could someone come up with to trump the example I had just read. I was constantly surprised…..
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I was listening to this on Triple M a couple of weeks ago and nearly crashed the truck when I heard No.1. I was in the back cab making a sub sandwich with the cruise set when.......

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I want to be a judge so i can laugh at these people then dismiss the claims

If it was your fault/stupidity, deal with it!

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Ahh dont you just love stupidity ... its a wonderful thing now isnt is

tripping over your own kid and sueing the company.. thats great

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