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

Stephen A. Frye s.frye at verizon.net
Mon Nov 11 19:34:44 MST 2013

They just keep coming back, Tom, because somebody always believes them.


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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 <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,

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.

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.

Here are the Stellas for 2012:


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!

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." 



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?

Don't you think it's time for Tort Reform ?



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