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2015/05/26 16:18:18 (permalink)

2015 Stella Awards

unbelievable
 

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  handy. 
      
    Here are the Stella's for 2015  !!!! 



  * 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. 
    
    Start scratching! 
    
    * SIXTH 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. 
    
    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 shut. 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 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. 
    
    
    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 dink 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 *
~ absolutely brilliant! 
    

    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 over turned.  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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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 16:49:31 (permalink)
Ham N Egz
unbelievable
 



Yup. That'll mostly be cuz it's made up BS.
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 16:49:32 (permalink)
Head scratch fever.
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 16:50:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby bapu 2015/05/27 15:56:47
bapu
Head scratch fever.




Go careful bud..... you'll get splinters.
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 16:53:37 (permalink)
Only in America.

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 17:18:11 (permalink)
Well, there is no accounting for how juries interpret the law, but in general they are asked to determine an issue of negligence, without really knowing what the term means to the lawyers. That difficult decision is made more so by the fact that in most cases there can be more than one person or entity who is negligent, so that the owner of the beagle might be found 1% negligent by not having a required or expected warning sign "beware of Beagle" for example or of failing to train his dog never to bite regardless of provocation, and the dog tormentor 99% liable.  In the best case this might reduce the total damage award based on a fractional apportionment of the total damage (assessed as a separate issue from the question of who is at fault) to nearly nothing.  In many cases, joint and several liability and similar doctrines require that even if only a tiny fraction of liability falls on one defendant, he is responsible for paying the entire amount of damages. In some jurisdictions a dog bite is by statute the legal responsibility of the owner, regardless of what precautions they may take to prevent the bite from occurring, so showing that the defendant owned the dog proves liability. If you want common sense justice, stay out of court.
 
As to the McDonald's coffee spill, the facts are frequently mis-stated as they are here. The victim was not driving, the car was not in motion, but the coffee was dangerously hot, and McDonald's had been presented with numerous cases of similar injury, and had due warning that the company's requirement that coffee be served at a known dangerous temperature put customers at risk. It was only after the success of the suit that a safer temperature was adopted.
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm
 
Often these unjust decision horror stories misstate the facts and the law as well. 
 
 
post edited by slartabartfast - 2015/05/26 17:28:54
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 17:28:44 (permalink)

Broken pencils are pointless.

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 17:46:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby bapu 2015/05/26 20:01:16
So, what I'm getting from all this, is that the Cakewalk forums need a "Beware of Beagle!" warning sign, ya? 

 
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 19:56:56 (permalink)
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So, what I'm getting from all this, is that the Cakewalk forums need a "Beware of Beagle!" warning sign, ya? 


Dang, craigb (ITHRN) beats me to it EVERY time.
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/26 23:28:32 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby craigb 2015/05/27 01:05:01
So I'm sure you looked up all these on Snopes before posting...right?

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 01:01:08 (permalink)
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So I'm sure you looked up all these on Snopes before posting...right?



Why mess up a good post?  
 
(That last one has been around in some way, shape or form since the 70's!)

 
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 08:52:53 (permalink)
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 If you want common sense justice, stay out of court.
 

THIS ^^^^
 
Not just in the courtroom, common sense is severely lacking in the majority of people today.........the court system is there just to confirm it.

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 09:08:28 (permalink)
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So, what I'm getting from all this, is that the Cakewalk forums need a "Beware of Beagle!" warning sign, ya? 


Duh.  especially if you shoot me with a pellet gun.  I'm gonna bite SOMETHING!

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 09:52:20 (permalink)
I've also learned that Fort Worth is to becan as Fort Knox is to gold. 

 
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 10:20:06 (permalink)


All else is in doubt, so this is the truth I cling to. 

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 10:57:20 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Beagle 2015/05/27 11:12:46
A few years ago a guy that worked for me twisted his ankle.
 
He managed to get it stuck in a tiny gap between the edge of a walk-board and a safety barrier.  He applied for compensation from our insurance company who declined to pay.
He then sued us for damages in court using a no win - no fee lawyer, and won. Our insurance had to pay up after all. The court ruled that our company had been negligent in allowing the accident to occur because the Safety Officer should have made sure it would not be possible for anyone to be injured by the walk-board.
 
 
Guess who was the Safety Officer....

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 11:00:08 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Karyn 2015/05/27 11:06:40
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Guess who was the Safety Officer....




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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 14:16:39 (permalink)
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paulo's assessment is correct...
http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/cruise.asp
http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp
 


So who says SNOPES is all that correct?
 
This is the Internet, everything you read is true....
 
The author does have a book/blog  on REAL travesties of justice, however.. 

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 15:59:31 (permalink)
Ham N Egz
 
The author does have a book/blog  on REAL travesties of justice, however.. 


Or he just mined SNOPES for "material cases".
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 16:00:49 (permalink)
BTW where are the other 2008 awards?
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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/27 18:22:09 (permalink)
They're yet to happen.  Bubba says they're really funny and worth waiting for though.

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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/28 09:45:34 (permalink)
Who do I sue for making me fritter away an hour a day on this forum? I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody!


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Re: 2015 Stella Awards 2015/05/28 11:22:26 (permalink)
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Who do I sue for making me fritter away an hour a day on this forum? I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody!


only an hour???? pfftt!  bapu has about an hour OFF the forum per day!

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