[Jokes] Fw: "Stella" Award

Tim Jenkins tim.jenkins at freeuk.com
Sun Oct 21 15:11:59 BST 2001

   In 1994, a New Mexico jury awarded $ 2.9 million U.S. in damages to
  81-year-old Stella Liebeck who suffered third-degree burns to her legs,
  groin and buttocks after spilling a cup of McDonald's coffee on herself.

  This case inspired an annual award - The "Stella" Award -for the most
  frivolous lawsuit in the U.S. The ones listed below are clear candidates.

  All these cases are verging on the outright ridiculous and yet (in the
  old USA) with the right attorney you could win anything! (see OJ trial)

  1. January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded $780,000
  by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler
  was running amuck inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were
  understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving
  prick was Ms. Robertson's son.

  2. June 1998: A 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, when he was trying to steal his neighbour's hubcaps.

  3. October 1998: A Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was leaving a
  house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able
  get the garage door to go up, because 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. Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days.
  subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food.
  Mr. Dickson sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused
  him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million

  4. October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock Arkansas was awarded
  and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door
  neighbour's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in it's owner's fenced-in
  yard, as was Mr. Williams. The award was less than sought because the
  jury felt the dog may have been provoked by Mr. Williams who, at the time,
  was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

  5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of
  Lancaster, Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on soft drink and broke
  her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at
  her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

  6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware successfully sued the
  owner of a night club in a neighbouring city when she fell from the
  window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred
  Ms.Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to
  paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental

  7. And just so you know that cooler heads do occasionally prevail:
  Kenmore Inc., the makers of Dorothy Johnson's microwave, were found not
  liable for the death of Mrs. Johnson's poodle after she gave it a bath and
  attempted to dry it by putting the poor creature in her microwave for,
"just a few
  minutes, on low." The case was quickly dismissed.


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