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Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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Stupid Lawsuits That Won BIG Money. The Stella Awards

Stupid Lawsuits That Won BIG Money. The Stella Awards


It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico where she purchased the coffee. You remember, s he took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?

That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy.

Here are the Stella's lawsuits for the year of 2007:

7TH PLACE:
Kathleen Robertson of Austin,Texas was awa rded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were u nderstandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

6TH PLACE:
Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.

5 TH PLACE:
Terrence Dickson, of Bristol,Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door co nnecting the garage to the house locked when Dicks on pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.

Keep scratching. There are more...

4TH PLACE:
Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas , garnered 4th Place in the Stella's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard Williams did not get as m uch as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yar d and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

Grrrrr ... Scratch, scratch .

3RD PLACE:
Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions?

Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more Stella's to go...

2ND PLACE:
Kara Walton, of Claymont,Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the ba throom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000....oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.

1ST PLACE: (May I have a fanfare played on 50 kazoos please)
This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of th e Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winneba go for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahomajury awarded her, are you sitting down, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just incase Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

 

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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sh2991ba
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

LOL I told DH about the motor home one and he didn't believe me.  I'll have to show him the website.

carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Gotta love America.

mamafor6
by Ruby Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Yes do

Quoting sh2991ba:

LOL I told DH about the motor home one and he didn't believe me.  I'll have to show him the website.


KimmyShaw
by Ruby Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM

WOW!

ethans_mommy09
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:54 PM

 what omg..what is wrong with the jury?the  #1 is a jaw dropper

TiredbutHappy1
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:55 PM

So stupid. No wonder people are so sue happy. Just like suing the tobacco companies and winning money for getting cancer. It states right on the pack that it may cause cancer...it was their own choice to smoke, yet juries believe they deserve the money because they got cancer.  DUMB!!!!

graciebsgranny
by Angie on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:56 PM

 WTF? Seriously that is so sad, that people get rewarded for being fucking stupid!! I mean I though they were all stupid til the one with the winnebago. I can be a stupid bitch sometimes, but apparently not 2 million dollars worth of stupid....lol...

graciebsgranny
by Angie on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM

 Can I sue the Little Debbie company because my ass is big?

MOMOF2154
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM
What. I cant believe after that mcdonalds one that things like this still amaze me. I mean getting up from the wheel just because cruise control was set are u serious?
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carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM

And also just like people who sue mcdonalds for making them fat. Yes, because mcdonald's forced u to eat there 3 times a day. Riiigghht.

Quoting TiredbutHappy1:

So stupid. No wonder people are so sue happy. Just like suing the tobacco companies and winning money for getting cancer. It states right on the pack that it may cause cancer...it was their own choice to smoke, yet juries believe they deserve the money because they got cancer.  DUMB!!!!


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