[Rushtalk] It's time again for the Annual 'Stella Awards'!

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at keepandbeararms.com
Sun Nov 10 18:13:41 MST 2013

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From: Errol Phillips <ep at pinehurst2.com> 

            It's time again for the Annual 'Stella Awards'! 
For those unfamiliar with these awards. they are named after 81-year-old
 Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued
      the McDonald's in New Mexico , where she purchased coffee. 
  You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her
 knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned
     doing that, right? That's right; these are awards for the most
  outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of
   cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher
                     Here are the Stellas for 2012:
                             SEVENTH PLACE 
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her
 peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running
inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised
    by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.
                           Start scratching!
                              SIXTH PLACE 
 Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles , California won $74,000 plus medical
expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman
apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when
             he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
                          Scratch some more...
                              FIFTH PLACE
Terrence Dickson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who was leaving a house he
 had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson,
the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the
 garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the
 door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it
Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of
Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance
  company claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the
 insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should
    all have this kind of anguish Keep scratching. There are more...
                Double hand scratching after this one..
                              FOURTH PLACE
  Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the
 Stella's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being
bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the
 beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get
as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have
been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed
 over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet
        Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot..
                              THIRD PLACE 
    Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a
   Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a
spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was
   on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds
                      earlier during an argument.
             Only two more so ease up on the scratching...
                              SECOND PLACE
Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a
  nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor,
 knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to
  sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover
charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000....oh, yeah,
                    plus dental expenses. Go figure.
                            Ok. Here we go!!
                              FIRST PLACE 
   This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv
    Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot
Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game,
 having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph
and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to
   make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the
                   freeway, crashed and overturned. 
Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in
 the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat
while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you
                             sitting down?
   $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their
 manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any
               relatives who might also buy a motor home.
 If you think the court system is out of control, be sure to pass this
                                one on.
              Don't you think it's time for Tort Reform ?
                             Errol Phillips

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