And you thought you had a good Lawsuit?

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  1. beetlejuice

    beetlejuice Registered Member

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    Time once again to review the winners of the annual "Stella Awards."
    (The Stellas are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck, who spilled coffee
    on herself and successfully sued McDonald's.) That case inspired the Stella
    awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.


    Here are this year's winners:


    5th Place (tie):

    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.
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    5th Place (tie):

    19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when
    his neighbour ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently
    didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car while he was trying
    to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
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    5th Place (tie):

    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.
    _____
    4th Place:

    Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical
    expenses after being bitten on the rear end by his next door neighbour'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 had climbed over the fence into the
    yard and 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, 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.
    _____
    1st Place:

    This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, OK. Mrs
    Grazinski purchased a brand 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 drivers seat to go into
    the back & make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the
    freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs Grazinski sued Winnebago for not
    explaining in the owner's manual that cruise control isn't automatic pilot.
    The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home.

    Huh? o_O :doubt: :rolleyes:

    Umm----I wonder how much I could get if I sued Wilders for taking away my imaginary cookies? :doubt: Not!!!! :D
     
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  2. Acadia

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    Oh good grief, if this is the direction that we're going, there is no way that my beloved America will last another 200 years (or will deserve to) :(

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    :D :D :D :D :D Don't tell me there aren't some hard working lawyers out there.
     
  4. Bubba

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    Every party has a pooper :cool:

    Stella Awards Hoax

    "Although some of the Stella Awards cases are actually true, the ones included in the email below is purely fictitious.?

    7. This year's favorite could easily be Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. "
     
  5. Acadia

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    Thank you Bubba, perhaps there is hope for my beloved America after all. :D

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    Oh well---I stand behind the statement I made on lawyers! :cool:
     
  7. Bubba

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    Sorry to say our America is full of these type stories everyday that are true....and we can thank all them hard working lawyers for that :cool:
     
  8. beetlejuice

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    Well, then you could sue them for emotional distress. :D
     
  9. Acadia

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    Hmmmm, do you have any idea how much emotional distress one goes thru when you've been transformed into a frog ... how much do you think Peaches is worth $$ :D

    Acadia
     
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    I'm not really sure, but I did hear something one time about her winning some kind of million dollar sweepstakes a while back. ;)
     
  12. Acadia

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    AHHHHHHHH. And speaking of emotional distress ... THAT RED DRESS!!! :eek:

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  13. nod32_9

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    Perhaps these are one-in-a-million cases. My former GF (corporate attorney with JD, Masters of Arts, and Masters of Philosophy from Yale) had to work like HELL to earn a six fig income. There is never enough time to keep up with the case load!

    We license hair stylists. Yet almost anyone can be a juror. You probably won't hear about these ridiculous awards if we have PROFESSIONAL JURORS in the court room.
     
  14. Galcoolest

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    Very entertaining- and I'm disappointed it's bogus ..... I gave up on the practice of law and went into teaching, art and other things pretty much because of my inability to deal with this kind of stuff, which plays out for real endemically in similar fashion daily in every corner of the legal system......
     
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  16. NetTraveler

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    Hehehehe... Good ´ol US of A.. Land of oportunities... :D :rolleyes:
    I know some of those are hoaxses but still wonder how come crook is more protected than the victim by law..
    Here in Holland we had a case where somebody stole a very expencive car, police found it, but couldn't confiscate it because thief didn't want to part with it.. o_O
    My son got a moped for his 18th birthday.. It was stolen and some time later, police found the motor-block mounted on different bike.. My son couldn't get it back because thief claimed he bought it "in good faith" from somebody..
    Well I guess crime and dishonesty does pay... :(
     
  17. nadirah

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    If I wanna file a lawsuit, i'll file one against spammers first.
     
  18. Jimbob1989

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    Why doesn't the UK have one, oh yeah, we don't sue people as often. J/k

    Then again, the UK is kind of heading that way itself.

    Actually, can anyone tell me why it is America seems to be so fond of sueing people.

    Jimbob
     
  19. Acadia

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    Greed. Gandhi said, There's enough on this planet for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed. Many folks here want an obscene amount of money but don't want to work to get it. Yes, yes, I know that you have that everywhere but it seems to be worst here in America. We Americans represent approximately 5% of the earths population yet we consume somewhere between 25-42% of the earths resources and then we sit around and wonder why so much of the world hates us; and yes, my family is part of the problem, two cars, two stereos, two tvs, two computers, etc. :(

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    As Paul Harvey might say, here's the REST of the story....

    Liebeck vs Big Mac's
     
  21. NetTraveler

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    No Acadia don't feel bad because your family is able to afford things.. :) They work hard to get it..
    We too have two cars 5 TV's and 4 putters.. But I hear you when you said greed.. Many people collect things just to have them without really needing them.. Richer they get greedier they become..

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  22. nod32_9

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    Gal,

    And I figured you to be a college student. My bad. Hehehehhh. Lemme know if you're still looking for a CHEAP n RELIABE method of backing up the DELL 4100. I couldn't send anything to that GC@yahoo address. Perhaps your yahoo mail configuration is set to block ALL mails originating from GMX.NET.
     
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