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13 years 2 months ago #17933 by beedee
Justice or stoopidity was created by beedee
It's time again for the annual 'Stella Awards'!

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 79-year-old
Stella Liebeckwho spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the
McDonald's in New Mexico where she purchased the 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 scratch er handy. Here are the Stella's for
the past year:

7TH PLACE :
Kathleen Robertsonof 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.
6TH PLACE :
Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical
expenses when his neighbour 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 neighbour's hubcaps.
Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.
5TH PLACE :
Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania , was leaving a house he had
just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the
automatic garage door openermalfunctioned and he could n ot 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 shut.
Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT, days 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...
4TH 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 neighbour'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 gun.
Grrrrr. Scratch, scratch.
3RD 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. Whatever happened to people being responsible for
their own actions?
Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more Stellas
to go...
2ND 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.
1ST PLACE

This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv
Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot
Winnebagomotor 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.

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13 years 2 months ago #266379 by DiDi
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Speechless!

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13 years 2 months ago #266385 by Clods
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Its supposed to be a "jury of your peers" so it probably seemed perfectly resonable to equally stupid people! Perhaps this is where judge only can award money would be a good idea.

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13 years 2 months ago #266393 by Simkin
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It's starting in NZ, too. Haven't you seen the hearing where those teenagers who had been repelled by a store owner with a cricket bat, wanted to sue for undue injury? At least the two JPs threw the case out - well done.

I do sometimes wonder what the average IQ of the US citizen is. Or does the jury agree on such a verdict in the hope one day they may benefit themselves??

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13 years 2 months ago #266398 by sod
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Only in the usa!!!!!!

Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:

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13 years 2 months ago #266403 by ame
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Of course only credulous bumpkins actually believe it.

www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp

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13 years 2 months ago #266405 by sod
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Must be old age but some did seem as though I should know them from somewhere :(:)

Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:

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13 years 2 months ago #266425 by NZ Appaloosas
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Actually, this has become a grossly mis-stated case. The actual happening is as follows:

Elderly couple go thru' drivethru' and order coffee. Worker bee at window hands over coffee while holding onto the lid of the coffee (hand over the top of the coffee lid). Lid had not been placed on properly, and when Stella reached up to grasp coffee cup, lid came off, dropping cup in her lap. Given Stella's age and fragility of skin, she ended up with 3rd degree burns which required skin grafts and a stay in ICU. It is not quite the brainless "I want money" type of case that so many seem to think it is.

Diane


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13 years 2 months ago #266435 by ame

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