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  • Outrageous Lawsuit Awards -2003

    These are the nominees for the 2003 Stella Awards.

    The award is named after Stella Liebeck, the woman who sue McDonalds because the spilled coffee in her own lap.

    To be a nominee, the lawsuit had to be SUCCESSFUL. I can't believe some of these.

    Who is your pick for the award?

    1) Kathleen Roberts of Austin, TX was awarded $780,000 after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running around in a furniture store. The store owners were surprised, considering the misbehaving child was Ms. Robertson's own son.

    2) Carl Truman of Los Angeles was awarded $74,000 plus medical expenses after his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Apparently Truman didn't notice someone was behind the wheel of the car when he began trying to steal the hubcaps.

    3) Terrence Dickson of Bristol, PA was leaving the house he'd just finished burglarizing. He went out through the garage, but found the automatic door opener wasn't working. Dickson had pulled the door leading to the garage closed behind him and it locked. Unable to figure out how to get out, Dickson was stuck in the garage for 8 days while the owners were on vacation. He sustained himself on a case of Pepsi he found and a bag of dry dog food. Dickson was awarded $500,000 for undue mental anguish.

    4) Jerry Williams of Little Rock, AR was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after the neighbors beagle bit him on the butt. The dog was on a chain and inside the neighbors fenced in yard. Williams was awarded less than he asked for because the jury felt the dog was a little provoked since, at the time, Williams was repeatedly shooting the dog with a pellet gun.

    5) Amber Carson of Lancaster, PA was awarded $113,500 after she slipped in a soft drink puddle and broke her tailbone. The puddle was there because Carson had thrown the drink at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an arguement.

    6) Kara Walton of Claymont, DE was awarded $12,000 plus dental expenses after she fell from the bathroom window in a nightclub and knocked out 2 of her teeth on the floor. This happened while she was climbing in the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge.

    7) Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, OK purchased a brand new, 32 foot Winnebago motor home. While driving the RV home, Grazinski got on the interstate, set the cruise control at 70 mph, then left the drivers seat to go into the back and make a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the RV left the road, crashed and overturned. Grazinski sued because the owners manual didn't advise him that he couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. Winnebago has actually changed their owners manual on the basis of this suit (in case any other complete moron decides to by a RV).

    All earned my disgust...........who gets your vote?

  • #2
    Niteshift, im sueing you for undue mental and physical stress, cause im laughing so hard i almost spilled my coffee!

    Ill see you in court!

    Serious, I can't belive that a judge awarded these people money... I take comfort in the fact that these people will probabaly be winning Darwin Awards pritty soon.

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    • #3
      Wow...I can't believe any of those won. That's just sad.

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      • #4
        Sorry to burst the bubble -- all false.

        Please refer to Snopes
        Caution and worry never accomplished anything.

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        • #5
          It's just stupid is what it is. There needs to be a committee of five sensible people & all lawsuits have to be submitted to them before they can go to trial. A stamp saying "I'm stupid" should then be used on the forehead of the person filing & the lawyer representing them if the case is rejected.

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          • #6
            Scary.......this article was in a regionally published magazine........

            I think I might sue them

            [ 06-20-2003, 09:50 PM: Message edited by: Niteshift ]

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            • #7
              I'm suing snopes, they just ruined my plan to make a lot of money.

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              • #8
                Im so glad you found that, Kirch, as I was beginning to get really worked up!!

                But you know, we only believe the rest of them because of the one or two "Idiot cases" that get through. I have yet to get a real handle on the "coffee too hot" case in my mind.
                Daisy NY

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                • #9
                  I heard that Winnebago story years ago.

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                  • #10
                    DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT SNOPES
                    well I tried to join snopes forum 12 months ago

                    with that forum, you do not get automatic access (to reply or do a new thread)

                    you have to "wait" for admin
                    approval

                    I went through this whole thing TWICE [Eek!]
                    I was never allowed to join and e-mailed them FOUR TIMES
                    they never replied to me and so I finally formed the opinion that they do not want a Chiefy_Brown on their schmeggin useless snooty too clever for their own good forum!
                    from your old mate
                    c h i e f y
                    global chiefy to yer seadog seafarin' maties

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                    • #11
                      What I wonder is, where do they find the idiot jurors who come up with these outragious awards? Many of these cases get settled just because its easier and cheaper for someone's insurance company to pay them a few thousand dollars just to go away, rather than spend what it would cost to go to court and prove the defendant did nothing wrong. I know, from 25 yrs as a police administrator in a big city and as chief in two smaller FL towns, that the Florida League of Cities, a group which provides liability insurance for most Florida cities, will readily pay almost anyone who sues a city, money to drop their suit and just go away. Lawyers, of course, know this very well and some regularly sue cities, often using the same paperwork in their case flings over and over again. Several times I read notices of law suits wherein the names of other, totally unrelated persons, cities and police agencies were accidently left in the text of the law suit, because it was churned out so quickly that no one even took the time to proofread it. They know its never going to court and that the League will offer them $25,000 to $50,000, just to go away. So they make $25 worth of xerox copies and send them in and get a 1000% to 2000% return on their investment. Its using our broken and corrupted civil court system for "legal extortion". And what really gets me is that some European courts use a legal concept that would bring all this crap to a screeching halt over night...this simple concept is "loser pays". If someone there brings a frivilous civil suit and loses or it gets thrown out, then they pay not only their own costs but also all the defendant's costs as well. Its what's badly needed in this country, but you won't see it as long as our legislators keep taking those lucrative campaign contributions from the trial lawyers, many of whom are legislators themselves. IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY, OR WHAT???
                      Sorry for the long rant, but this subject really gets to me. RW

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                      • #12
                        RW,

                        Mayhaps you should consider reading Kirch's post?

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                        • #13
                          Yeah, these were also read on the Dan Patrick ESPN radio show a few months back too. I guess they did not check out Snopes either.
                          "I assume you all have guns and crack."

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                          • #14
                            RW,

                            Mayhaps you should consider reading Kirch's post?


                            No, he's right. He described EXACTLY what happens in cities and counties all over Florida on a regular basis. And it truly effects how those agencies perform their duties.

                            Even if some of these lawsuits weren't true, Daisy is right..... we believe it because the system is so broken that women DO get awarded huge sums of money for spilling coffee in their own laps and cops DO get sued for acting reasonably.

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                            • #15
                              Hey,CiaJ, only an idiot would believe this subject isn't ruining our nation. The specific cases cited in Nightshift's original post might have been hoax'es but there are plenty of others that are not. I've been involved in several law suits that were total BS, but they still got $$$$$ to drop them. And if you think its not bad enough now, just watch what happens when the schiesters start their feeding frenzie on the fast food industry, as some have already done. Your Whopper is soon going to cost you $24.95, assuming you can even find one before its over. A big problem is that there are too many low-life, hungry lawyers in this country, so they are looking for anything that might generate a buck. Doctors all over Florida are packing up and leaving the state in droves because of the BS malpractice law suits are driving the cost of their insurance thru the roof. There are plenty of real and true horror stories out there. An excellent book on this subjectis "THE DEATH OF COMMON SENSE" by Phillip K. Howard (a lawyer himself). RW

                              [ 06-22-2003, 06:20 PM: Message edited by: R.White ]

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