The "Stella" Awards......

  1. For Crying out loud.....

    The "Stella" awards rank up there with the Darwin awards.

    In 1994, a New Mexico jury awarded $ 2.9 million U.S. in
    damages to 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who suffered
    third-degree burns to her legs, groin and buttocks after
    spilling a cup of McDonald's coffee on herself.

    This case inspired an annual award - The "Stella" Award -
    for the most frivolous lawsuit in the U.S.

    The ones listed below are clear candidates. All these
    cases are verging on the outright ridiculous and yet with
    the right attorney you could win anything!

    1. January 2000: 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 so-and-so was her own son.

    2. June 1998: 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 hubcaps.

    3. October 1998: A 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. 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 half a million dollars.

    4. October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas
    was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being
    bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbour's
    beagle. The beagle was on a chain in it's owner's
    fenced-in 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. May 2000: 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. The beverage
    was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her
    boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

    6. December 1997: 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.

    And the winner is:

    Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000,
    Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago
    motor home. On his first trip home, having joined 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 Winnie left the
    freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr Grazinski sued
    Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he
    couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus
    a new Winnie. (Winniebago actually changed their
    handbooks on the back of this court case, just in case
    there are any other complete morons buying their
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  3. by   caroladybelle
    There are some incidents that require " a special kind of STUPID"
  4. by   Mkue
    I agree with you caroladybelle..

    thanks for posting deespoohbear, these are so crazy
  5. by   Robin61970
    OMG!!!!! The fact that there are Juries that actually grant awards for this crap amazes me!!!!
    These people must all share a brain

  7. by   WashYaHands
    Next thing ya know some moron will sue Budweiser for all those ugly women he slept with.

  8. by   CountrifiedRN
    Next thing ya know some moron will sue Budweiser for all those ugly women he slept with.
    Washyahands - too funny! :chuckle
  9. by   nursegoodguy
    Here's a link to the stella site...
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would hand them all a sign.......

    BUT THEY ARE RICH AND STUPID AND THAT IS WHAT INCENSES ME MOST!'s the JUDGES who hear these cases that to me are STUPID! The lawyers and the claimants are crazy.....

    like a fox.
  11. by   jemb
    What in the world were these jury members thinking?!!
  12. by   whipping girl in 07
    I think sometimes the jury is thinking, "If I award this moron millions this week, maybe one of these days I'll get into a situation where I'll get to get rich off a bogus lawsuit."

    Thank God the judge in many cases can override the jury's recommendation for an award and give these dumba$$es what they deserve...$1.
  13. by   mark_LD_RN
    this is what is wrong with the legal system. ABUSE! too many lawers.frivilous lawsuits and ignorant juries.

    in my state we are losing docs left and right due to this type of lawsuit and ridiculous awards.

    awards like these do not take into consideration the stupidity or resposibility of the person doing the suing. to me it is ridiculous to say the least.
  14. by   whipping girl in 07
    I must be bored at work, I guess.

    I did a google search that debunked the myth of the "Stella Awards."

    Here's the link:

    Sorry to whoever posted this, but apparently it's just not true (at least the other lawsuits) except for the Stella Liebeck award, which was reduced to $640,000 then later McDonald's settled for an undisclosed amount.