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It's time once again to consider the candidates for the 2003 Stella
Awards. The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Lieback who
spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonalds.

That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most uniquely successful
lawsuits in the United States for last year. Actually, joint awards
should be given to the plaintiff attorneys and the flaming idiots on the juries who awarded anything at all to these morons--who deserved

The following are this year's candidates:


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 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.

A 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.

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.

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 was shooting it
repeatedly with a pellet gun.

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 argument.

Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a
nightclub 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

This year's favorite could easily be Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago
motor home. On his first trip home, having driven onto the freeway, he
set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go
into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the RV
left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago
for not advising him in the owner's manual that he couldn't actually do
this. The jury awarded him $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 buying their recreation vehicles.
post #2 of 8
LOL!! Oh wow...all of these are crazy! I think Mr. Grazinski putting his Winnebago on "automatic pilot" is a real winner - Eeeeek!!!!

post #3 of 8
Why can't that stuff happen to me? Wait, I could sue one of my cats for getting in the way as I walk upstairs. Or maybe I could arrange for a cat to trip me on the sidewalk, and I can sue the city for making the sidewalk attractive to cats. There must be some way that these awards can go to smart people too!
post #4 of 8
Note how these ridiculous awards are only made by US courts. Where else can you become rich by being a criminal, an idiot, or a combination of both?
post #5 of 8
sammie5.. this will never happen to us because we are not losers looking for a free ride Oh the pain of being normal.. I wouldn't even think about suing over any of that stuff..
post #6 of 8
although i'm thinking about suing kmart because one of their companies (or maybe partners) manufactured that toy mouse whose tail broke off and my cat ate, for emotional distress of having to go thru his poop to see if it comes out or not..
post #7 of 8
All I have to say about those lawyers is...

"Make crime pay. Become a Lawyer."
Will Rogers.

"The only difference between a dead skunk lying in the road and a dead lawyer lying in the road is that there are skid marks around the skunk."
Patrick Murray.

"There are three reasons why lawyers are replacing rats as laboratory research animals. One is that they are plentiful, another is that lab assistants don't get so attached to them and the third is that they will do things that you just can't get rats to do."
Blanche Knott.

post #8 of 8
You mean cruise control isn't the same as auto pilot?
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