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Stella Awards

Posted on 12 January 2006 by Liza Mae V.

Once again,
it’s time to review the winners of the Annual Stella Awards. The Stella’s are
named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and
successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most
frivolous successful lawsuits in the
United States.

6th place
Carl Truman of
Los Angeles, California, won $74,000 & medical
expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman
apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was
trying to steal the hubcaps.

5th place
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
could not reenter the house because the door connecting the house and garage
locked when he pulled it shut. The family were on vacation and Mr. Dickson
found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi
he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the house owners insurance
claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the
tune of $500,000.

4th place
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 dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. The award was
less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a little
provoked at the time, as Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the
yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd place
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 (tailbone). The beverage was on
the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier
during an argument.

2nd place
Kara Walton
Claymont, Delaware, sued the owner of a night
club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor
and knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms. Walton was
trying to crawl through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50
cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 & dental expenses.

1st place
This year’s
runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a
brand new Winnebago Motor Home. On his trip home from an OU football game,
having driven onto 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 RV left the freeway, crashed & then overturned. Mr
Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him, by reading the owner’s manual,
that he actually could not do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new
Winnebago Motor Home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis
of this suit just in case there were any other complete morons buying their
recreation vehicle


-Liza Mae

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. muszicluvher Says:

    this sounds like…..

    one of those “only in america” things….damn these ppl are effin stupid.

  2. lizamae Says:

    Re: this sounds like…..

    lol. I actually got these facts from my Engineering Law & Ethics class.

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