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    2004 Stella Awards (lol)

    Got this from a friend:

    It's once again time 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 for millions.

    That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.

    THIS YEAR'S AWARDS GO TO:

    5th place

    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.

    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.

    Terrence Dickson of Bristol, PA, 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 could not 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 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 night club 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 sneak in the window of 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 Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, OK. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago motor home. 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 driver's 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 recreational vehicles.

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    2004 Stella Awards (lol)

    And I am sure that the lawyers will get ALL the blame for these outrageous awards...notice that the most ridiculous awards were JURY awards!

    What most lawyer bashers fail to realize is that a lawyer cannot bring a frivolous case to trial without a greedy plaintiff...the plaintiff should at least share in the abuse that is usually heaped on the lawyers in these types of cases (moreso, if you ask me)!
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    Ah HA! Now we know...Cajun is a lawyer!

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    "webmaster" wrote:
    Ah HA! Now we know...Cajun is a lawyer!
    Sorry to burst your bubble, Webby...but I outed myself as to that fact long ago. :study:
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    2004 Stella Awards (lol)

    Sorry Cajun. Didn't realize this would hit a nerve. :blackeye:

    They all sounded kind'a ridiculous to me. I guess they must be true. :lol:

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    "cajunvike" wrote:
    And I am sure that the lawyers will get ALL the blame for these outrageous awards...notice that the most ridiculous awards were JURY awards!

    What most lawyer bashers fail to realize is that a lawyer cannot bring a frivolous case to trial without a greedy plaintiff...the plaintiff should at least share in the abuse that is usually heaped on the lawyers in these types of cases (moreso, if you ask me)!
    i did notice that they were all jury awards. it makes me wonder if half the country can get up and put their clothes on every day and actually hold down important jobs. i am amazed every day by ignorance of people.

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    :shock: wow :shock:
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    Very funny!! Cajun, good for you for being a lawyer! You do what you feel is right! I'm a teacher cuz I feel I can work well with kids, you're a lawyer because you want to make things right! To each his own!

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    Wow...those cases are just ridiculous.

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    2004 Stella Awards (lol)

    "SKOL" wrote:
    Sorry Cajun. Didn't realize this would hit a nerve. :blackeye:

    They all sounded kind'a ridiculous to me. I guess they must be true. :lol:
    No offense taken...you gotta be able to laugh at the things in your life. Hell, I tell Cajun jokes all the time and have heard so many lawyer jokes that I have been totally desensitized. My earlier post was just to make people aware that many lawyer bashers don't know all the facts before they start criticizing...I guesss that is why they are not lawyers. My dad hates lawyers and still gives me crap about becoming one. :lol:
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