...and THIS is the WORLD "around" us ... !!!
The 'Stella' awards rank up there with the Darwin awards. In 1994, a
Mexico jury awarded $ 2.9 million U.S. in damages to 81-year-old Stella
Liebeck who suffered third-degree burns to her legs, groin and buttocks
after spilling a cup of McDonald's coffee on herself. This case
annual award - The 'Stella' Award - for the most frivolous lawsuit in
The ones listed below are clear candidates - with the right attorney
could win anything!
1. January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded
a jury 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 bastard
2. June 1998: 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
Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of
car, when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
3. October 1998: A Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania was
house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not
get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was
malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door
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
subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food.
sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue
mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars.
4. October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded
and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next
neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in it's owner's fenced-in
The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have
just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who was shooting it
repeatedly with a pellet gun.
5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson
Lancaster, Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and
her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it
boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware successfully sued
owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the
window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred
Ms Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to
paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental
And the winner is:
Mr Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000 Mr Grazinski
a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first Trip home,
joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left
drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of 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 plus a new Winnie.
(Winniebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of this court
just in case there are any other complete morons buying their
Have a great Weekend...:-)
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