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    Sometimes there's just no justice....

    The "Stella" awards rank up there with the Darwin awards, EXCEPT the
    individuals don't end up killing themselves.
    Everyone knows of the 1994 case in which 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
    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 (in the good old USA) with
    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
    running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were
    understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving
    bastard was Ms.Robertson's son.

    2. June 1998:
    A 19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical
    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
    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 unable
    get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was
    malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door
    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.
    subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food.
    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
    neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in it's owner's fenced-in
    The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have
    just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who was shooting at
    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
    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
    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 the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental

    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
    trip home, having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70
    and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a
    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.
    (Winnebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of
    this court case just in case there are any other complete morons buying
    their vehicles.)

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    sad isn't it ...

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