Stella Awards

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by jlingle, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

    Altus, Okl
    Land of the free, home of the litigious. And congress is opposed to tort reform. Could it be because there are so many lawyers in the House and Senate?

    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 the 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. So keep your head scratcher handy.

    Here are the Stella’s for the past year:

    7th 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.

    6th 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.

    Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.

    5th Place:

    Terrence thingyson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who was leaving a house he just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for thingyson, 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 thingyson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count ‘em, EIGHT days 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 thingyson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.

    Keep scratching. There are more…..

    4th 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 it’s 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.

    Grrrrr….Scratch, scratch.

    3rd 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?

    Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there, there are only two more Stella’s to go………

    2nd Place:

    Kara Walton of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a nightclub 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 nightclub had to pay her $12,000…..oh yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.

    1st Place: (May I have fanfare played please) This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a 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 70mph 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. Win nebago 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.

    Okay, now what do you guys think we oughta do about this stuff? Here's my idea: We get a small group of good ol' boys with common sense.... say about 10 of them & form a committee. Then let this committee oversee these suits. If they find a stupid lawsuit & award, like these, then they make the winning lawyer pay half the settlement & the judge pay the other half of the settlement for allowing the suit in his courtroom. Reckon that would eliminate the problem?
  2. Kat-tamer

    Kat-tamer New Member

    I do believe that would help the problem, but not stop it.
    We need to figure out how to keep stupid people from breeding, that includes the lawyers and judges that allow this crap to happen. Kinda wondering where they get these juries.:confused2:

  3. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

    Indiana, J
    I've been called to jury duty several times, but never been chosen. I can speak, answer, I always know my name, where I've parked my truck to get there.....can't blame it all on the lawyers.
    I just had to get a cell phone "up-grade". Had my old one too long it seems it's not in vogue anymore....something bout the service provider etc. On the first page it tells me not to try and dry the phone out, if it gets wet, in the microwave.
    Whew! GOOD THING I READ THE MANUAL! It was in spanish also. Just in case I didn't get it in english the first time.....
  4. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
  5. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

    I think you have to wonder about the juries!
  6. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

    Oklahoma City
    It is amazing that ridiculous people can win ridiculous amounts of money for being in the wrong in the first place. Anymore no one is held accountable for their own actions. It is too easy to sue someone and claim it was their fault.