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

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sun Nov 10 23:47:54 MST 2013


The Grazinski motor home story is a year 2000 version of a 40 year old urban legend. I wish someone would sue for the mental anguish caused by idiots posting BS on the interweb...   Tom



At 05:13 PM 11/10/2013 -0800, Carl Spitzer wrote:

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>From: Errol Phillips
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>It's time again for the Annual 'Stella Awards'! 
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>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. 
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>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? 
Of course that's not what really happened, and if you read about the
case, she never actually got the money the news people said she did.
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm


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 handy.
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>Here are the Stellas for 2012:
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>SEVENTH PLACE 
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>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.
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>Start scratching!
Start googling instead:

There really was a Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, and she really
was awarded $780,000 by a jury. The rest of the story is that it was not
a little boy that tripped her, it was a Rottweiler that was owned by the
business that she had entered during the daytime during regular work
hours. The Rottweiler was not chained or restrained in any way and
attacked here. She suffered severe injuries to both arms, including the
loss of two fingers, which were later recovered from the dog's stomach
after it was put to sleep. She also received severe lacerations to most
of her face, the damage being so great that several plastic surgeons
testified that surgery would have little beneficial effect. The
Rottweiler's name: "Toddler." 



 
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>SIXTH PLACE 
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>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.
This is fake too.

I wonder if any of them are real?
http://www.stellaawards.com/bogus.html
http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp



Don't you think it's time
for Tort Reform ?
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No.




Paf Dvorak 
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