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Stella Awards (Stupid Court Decisions)
email | Jan. 14, 2011 | Stella Award

Posted on 01/14/2011 9:31:19 AM PST by econjack

Once again I say "Watch out they walk among us". Only this time it's the Judges that let this happen, or the laws that they use to let it happen.... I'll assume these are true.

Stella Awards

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 kinds of cases that make you scratch your head.

Here are the Stellas for the past year:


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.


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.


Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, 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.


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.


Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, scores 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.


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 … and … oh, yeah, dental expenses.


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 onto 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 its

manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: legalaward; stella; suing
This shows how stupid juries can be.
1 posted on 01/14/2011 9:31:22 AM PST by econjack
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To: econjack

And how many people forward on urban legends without checking the facts.

2 posted on 01/14/2011 9:35:01 AM PST by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: econjack

These have been floating around the internet for at least 4 years.

3 posted on 01/14/2011 9:35:54 AM PST by oldtimer2 (This was not an election on November 2. This was a restraining order.)
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To: econjack

Hmmmmm..... This looks oddly similar to the list they had last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, etc......

4 posted on 01/14/2011 9:37:09 AM PST by TexasPatriot1 ("Tyranny is defined as that which legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry" Jefferson)
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To: econjack

Sorry, this is FALSE

5 posted on 01/14/2011 9:37:17 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: econjack

The “First Place” is an urban myth that’s been floating around for a couple decades. Therefore I suspect the whole thing is bogus. Where did you get this, and email?

6 posted on 01/14/2011 9:39:26 AM PST by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you hids bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: econjack
As the actual Stella Award site points out, these are all fabricated stories that have been circulated in urban legend chain mails for well over a decade now. They were debunked years ago and are not from publishers of the actual Stella Awards.
7 posted on 01/14/2011 9:41:36 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: econjack

You’ve been PWNED!

8 posted on 01/14/2011 9:54:07 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: Renderofveils

Okay...I didn’t check it out. Just thought it was a fun read. Won’t happen again...

9 posted on 01/14/2011 10:15:03 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Hodar

Sorry, Snopes is run by two libs. Try something besides Snopes. - We know the hot coffee one (Stella) is true. Some of the others were articles in the news.

10 posted on 01/14/2011 10:18:16 AM PST by Twinkie (LEFTIST FREE SPEECH O.K. - CONSERVATIVE FREE SPEECH NOT O.K.)
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To: Twinkie

What would you recommend instead of Snopes?

11 posted on 01/14/2011 10:26:03 AM PST by eCSMaster (My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.)
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While indeed these may be false, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that an idiot jury egged on by soul-less lawyers would make judgements such as these.
By the way, “Snopes” has been proven wrong on more than one occasion.

12 posted on 01/14/2011 10:28:43 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: eCSMaster instead of Snopes

13 posted on 01/14/2011 11:48:36 AM PST by Cannon6
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