The absurb lawsuit awards

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    And we wonder why stuff costs so much. The juries alone must be as big
    morons as the people listed here! OTOH, I wonder if these stories are even
    true. God, I hope not--it doesn't bode well for our legal system. Henry
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    It's time, once again, to consider the candidates for the annual Stella
    Awards. The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled
    coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the
    Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits ONLY in the United
    States. The following are this year's candidates:

    1. 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.

    2. 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 hub caps.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 drivers seat to go into the back and
    make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the R.V. left the freeway,
    crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski suedWinnebago 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.

    Gunguy
     
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