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Stella Award Nominees
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Ollie    Posted 03-20-2002 at 12:37:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Subject: Stella Awards

Most of the country has heard of the Darwin Awards given annually to the individuals who do the most for mankind by removing themselves from the gene pool.

Now, we have the Stella Awards given to the individuals who win the most frivolous lawsuits ever. The Stella Awards are named in honor of 81 year-old Stella Liebeck, the woman who won $2.9 million for spilling a cup of McDonald's coffee on herself.

The following are candidates for the award:

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 who was running amuck inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering that the misbehaving little fellow was Ms. Robertson's son.

2. June 1998: 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 didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

3. October, 1998: 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, 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. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found in the garage 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 a half million dollars.

4. October 1999: 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. The dog was on a chain in its owner's fenced-in yard at the time. Mr. Williams was also in the fenced-in yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog may have been provoked by Mr. Williams who, at the time, was repeatedly shooting it with a pellet gun.

5. December 1997: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pa., $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her boy-friend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Clamont, DE., successfully sued the owner of a night club 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.

DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM, OR WHAT???


Dennis    Posted 03-20-2002 at 20:47:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think the answer is in a song by the Dixie Chicks somtin about a man abusing his wife never to be seen or heard of again.
The least informed should be the govenment employees of any branch. Don't drag em INTO the house Drag em to the back yard hole.
Works for me


Ludwig    Posted 03-20-2002 at 15:48:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fortunately these sort of stories are usually
hoaxes. Old Stella didn't even get the whole 2
million. Yes its a travesty that she got anything
at all, but is it as much of a travesty for
$200,000? (Side note, I don't know how much
she got, but I know it was cut down
considerably)


Ludwig    Posted 03-20-2002 at 15:46:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fortunately these sort of stories are usually
hoaxes. Old Stella didn't even get the whole 2
million. Yes its a travesty that she got anything
at all, but is it as much of a travesty for
$200,000? (Side note, I don't know how much
she got, but I know it was cut down
considerably)


Ludwig    Posted 03-20-2002 at 15:43:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fortunately these sort of stories are usually
hoaxes. Old Stella didn't even get the whole 2
million. Yes its a travesty that she got anything
at all, but is it as much of a travesty for
$200,000? (Side note, I don't know how much
she got, but I know it was cut down
considerably)


Ludwig - Oh great mother internet    Posted 03-20-2002 at 15:51:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
She doth provide.

Incidentally I'm sorry about the multiple posts,
I dunno what happened.

And anything I can find about the Stella
Awards is posted on humor websites so I can
find no proof that such things exist.
Although on almost every site I can find
referring to them I see all those posted as
being winners from '96-2000, not this years
nominees.

This intrigues me though, I shall persue
further.


Charles Silver    Posted 05-01-2002 at 13:18:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Stella Award stories are fiction. Go to truthorfiction.com and click on onlyinamerica. None of the stories can be verified.


Les...fortunate    Posted 03-20-2002 at 15:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can see maybe some places (California comes to mind) where those ridiculous verdicts might have been reached. But I sure thought the people of Pennsylvania, Delaware, etc. had more sense than that. I was on two different juries in 1980. I wish my name would get drawn again.


Mike in Va    Posted 03-20-2002 at 13:39:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paul Harvey calls them the sewers. Bout right.
Got to find a way back to horse sense in this country. If you are breaking the law and commiting a crime when you are injured there should be no right to sue anybody... It has to go back to a simpler understanding of what is right and just.


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