The "Stella" Awards are very similar the Darwin awards. Stella Liebeck
> is the 81 year old lady who spilled coffee on herself and sued
> This case inspired an annual award- The "Stella" Award - for the most
> frivolous lawsuits in the U.S. The following are 2000-2001
> 1. January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded
> $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping
> toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the
> were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the
> little child 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 Carl's hand with his
> Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the
> wheel of the car when trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
> 3. October 1998: Terrence Dickinson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was
> leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He
> not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door
> was malfunctioning. He couldn't reenter the house because the door
> connecting the house and garage had locked when he pulled it shut. As
> family was on vacation, Mr.Dickson found himself locked in the garage
> eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found there and a
> bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the
> situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the
> half a 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
> next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's
> fenced-in yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt
> dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr.
> who was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.
> 5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber
> of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft
> and broke her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms.
> threw it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
> 6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully
> the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from
> 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
> ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded
> $12,000 and dental expenses.
> And the winner is:
> Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000 Mr. Grazinski
> purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip
> home, having entered the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph
> calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a
> coffee. Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and
> overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the
> handbook that he couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000
> new Winnie. (Winnebago has actually changed their handbooks as a
> this court case, just in case there are any other complete morons
> their vehicles.)