Posted by Stella from ? (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 9:22PM :
In Reply to: something to humor you posted by a friend from bgp04072465bgs.derbrh01.mi.comcast.net (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 3:42PM :
lol...Thanks Jeff! These people are an inspiration to go out and find a giant corporation to sue into the ground!
: thought you might enjoy this!!!!
: Stella Award Nominations -
: > Most Frivolous Lawsuit
: > 5-10-2
: > Stella Award Nominations
: > 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 had thrown 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.
: > And, a recent addition. Jan 2002. A man was stopped by police
: > in Vermont. After running his name, it came back that there
: > were warrants for his arrest from Florida. Before the police
: > could arrest him, he fled into a nearby forest (in the middle
: > of winter). The police searched for him, but were unable to
: > find him. Three days later, the suspect turns himself in to
: > police and was taken to the hospital with frostbite. He ended
: > up having several fingers and toes amputated. He is now suing
: > the police. Why? The police didn't look for him hard enough! He
: > stated in an interview, 'If they had searched harder, they
: > would've found me'. He's accusing the police of dereliction of
: > duty leading to his loss of limbs.
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