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> >2005 Stella Awards!
> >Time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards."
> The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who
> spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in
> NM). That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous,
> ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States.
> >Here are this year's winners:
> >5th Place (tie):
> >Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000. by 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
> little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.
> >5th Place (tie):
> >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.
> >5th Place(tie):
> >Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, 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 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, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the
> garage for eight 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. 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 just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who
> had climbed over the fence into the yard and 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
> >Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a
> night club in a neighboring city 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.
> > 1st Place:
> > This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City,
> Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago
> motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having
> driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph
> and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back & makeherself a
> sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway,crashed and
> overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the
> owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded
> her $1,750,000. plus a new motor home. The company actually
> changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there
> were any other complete morons around.
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