The annual "Stella Awards"!

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It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"!

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 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 scratcher handy.


Here are the Stella's for the past year:


7TH 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 son.


6TH PLACE:

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there wa s someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hub caps.

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 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 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 Stellas when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor'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 :

Third place goes to Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113, 500 after she slipped on a spilled soft dri nk 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. What ever 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 : (May I have a fanfare played on 50 kazoos please?)

This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto 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 Oklah oma 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.

Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...???? :roll:
 
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yes...fraid so fella.my advice jump on a plane and come back to the old world!!!
 
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Trip_Wire said:
It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"!

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 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?
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Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...???? :roll:
The Stella Liebeck story is a bit more complicated than the pro-corporation masked as silly lawsuit crowd will admit.

McDonald's knew that their coffee was considered far too hot by industry standards--compared to Burger King, Wendy's, etc., and that their cups might not be up to standard for that temp.

Depositions and internal McD documents obtained by the defense showed that the company was concerned about the hot temp and inadequate cups harming customers months before the incident. That's how she won damages.

It does mitigate the outrage.
 
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Virgil said:
Trip_Wire said:
It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"!

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 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?
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Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...???? :roll:
The Stella Liebeck story is a bit more complicated than the pro-corporation masked as silly lawsuit crowd will admit.

McDonald's knew that their coffee was considered far too hot by industry standards--compared to Burger King, Wendy's, etc., and that their cups might not be up to standard for that temp.

Depositions and internal McD documents obtained by the defense showed that the company was concerned about the hot temp and inadequate cups harming customers months before the incident. That's how she won damages.

It does mitigate the outrage.
I agree with you on this one.

As a matter of fact, I should have run it by Snopes. Like the Darwin awards, some 'Urban Legends' could be added.

From what I can read there, and in the sources provided by other posters, no proof can be found in court records of the listed settlements; however, doesn't actually disprove them either.

In any case, here in the USA, with our over abundance of civil law lawyers and 'sue them all,' mind set. One can pick up the 'paper' and read such rivolous lawsuits and settlements almost daily. :roll:
 

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Trip_Wire said:
It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"!

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 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?
Clearly Trip you know nothing about this case and choose to believe the sensationalist version.

Mrs Liebeck wasn't actually driving when she took the lid off her McDonald's coffee. Her grandson was driving the car, and he had pulled over to stop so she could add cream and sugar to the cup.

She suffered third degree burns and needed two years of treatment and rehabilitation, including skin grafts. McDonald's refused an offer to settle with her for $20,000 in medical costs.

McDonalds had specified their coffee should be served at 180-190 deg F. Liquids at this sort of temperatures cause third degree burns in 2-7 seconds and usually cause permanent scarring.

Apparently McDonalds had files of more than 700 similar cases on record during the ten years before Mrs Liebeck was burned.

I could go on but I won't because it's really easy to look up for yourself HERE

I'm afraid the whole substance of your post is simply an urban legend as others have pointed out. There's no such thing as the Stella awards in this context and none of the cases you have quoted actually existed other than the unfortunate Mrs Liebeck's.
 

Fugly

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First candidate for the "TripWire Awards"?

Dedicated in honour of gullible fools everywhere, who post every single spam email they recieve, no matter how utterly shite.
 
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scaryspice said:
Trip_Wire said:
It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"!

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 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?
Clearly Trip you know nothing about this case and choose to believe the sensationalist version.

Mrs Liebeck wasn't actually driving when she took the lid off her McDonald's coffee. Her grandson was driving the car, and he had pulled over to stop so she could add cream and sugar to the cup.

She suffered third degree burns and needed two years of treatment and rehabilitation, including skin grafts. McDonald's refused an offer to settle with her for $20,000 in medical costs.

McDonalds had specified their coffee should be served at 180-190 deg F. Liquids at this sort of temperatures cause third degree burns in 2-7 seconds and usually cause permanent scarring.

Apparently McDonalds had files of more than 700 similar cases on record during the ten years before Mrs Liebeck was burned.

I could go on but I won't because it's really easy to look up for yourself HERE

I'm afraid the whole substance of your post is simply an urban legend as others have pointed out. There's no such thing as the Stella awards in this context and none of the cases you have quoted actually existed other than the unfortunate Mrs Liebeck's.
SS:

May I point out my message content here.:

Quote:

"I agree with you on this one".

Confirming to Virgil, that I agreed with his description of the event. Which didn't BTW mention she was driving. Yes, the article as written (By whom ever) does say she was driving, which isn't factual, but apparently suited the story teller's version of the event better.

As a matter of fact, I should have run it by Snopes. Like the Darwin awards, some 'Urban Legends' could be added.

"From what I can read there, and in the sources provided by other posters, no proof can be found in court records of the listed settlements; however, doesn't actually disprove them either."


They didn't disprove them as there were no records found. Right? I tend to agree, that they didn't happen and/or the truth may have been stretched a lot to make them more interesting and/or more humorous and poke fun at our Civil trial system and civil suit dollar settlements in general.

In any case, here in the USA, with our over abundance of civil law lawyers and 'sue them all,' mind set. One can pick up the 'paper' and read such rivolous lawsuits and settlements almost daily.

As a matter of fact, SS, I don't consider these types of 'Reports' (?) to be factual at all! I look at them as humor only! So, I seldom check out the facts, as they are given, since in most cases I have doubts about them myself.

I pass them on as just that HUMOR! I guess in your opinion, you and a few others didn't find any humor in the post. We all have such opinions of others articles and postings. If you really don't like it, your a 'Mod' delete it. You have the power ... right?

Actually, IMHO anybody that drinks, steaming hot coffee out of the type of cup, that any of the fast food places, use in a moving vehicle (Stopped so she could add Cream & Sugar.) or vehicle period, lacks common sense, and is inviting accidents of the type that happened.

One needs to take responsibility for their own acts of carelessness and lack of good judgment, in my mind. There are cups and/or mugs designed to drink out of in vehicles and/or moving vehicles. (I keep two in my vehicle.)

I read the American newspapers and see and hear the American TV as well as the American radio each and every day. Do you? I hear many of the same type judgments and/or civil settlements every day. Some would make the ones in this report look smart.

Yes, I was aware of the details in the 'Stella Liebeck' case. I also have drank coffee out of Mickey D's cups and other fast food cups and have never been burned, or spilled the contents in my lap. (Both after and before the suit.) Of course, I never do this in a moving vehicle. :wink:

Oh! BTW is posting 'Urban legends' prohibited SS?
 

scaryspice

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Trip_Wire said:
scaryspice said:
Trip_Wire said:
It's time again for the annual "Stella Awards"!
Clearly Trip you know nothing about this case and choose to believe the sensationalist version. (detail snipped because i don't believe in quoting more than necessary)
I'm afraid the whole substance of your post is simply an urban legend as others have pointed out. There's no such thing as the Stella awards in this context and none of the cases you have quoted actually existed other than the unfortunate Mrs Liebeck's.
SS:

May I point out my message content here.:

Quote:

"I agree with you on this one".

Confirming to Virgil, that I agreed with his description of the event. Which didn't BTW mention she was driving. Yes, the article as written (By whom ever) does say she was driving, which isn't factual, but apparently suited the story teller's version of the event better.
As far as we can see Trip, you wrote the quoted article (or at least the comments in it) yourself since there is no attribution to any source. It does, like many of your cut and pastes, read as though you added the comments (may I have a fanfare played please....) yourself. If you're going to cut and paste like this then accept the consequences when your facts are wrong.

Trip_Wire said:
As a matter of fact, I should have run it by Snopes. Like the Darwin awards, some 'Urban Legends' could be added.

"From what I can read there, and in the sources provided by other posters, no proof can be found in court records of the listed settlements; however, doesn't actually disprove them either."
So the fact that this is quoted all over the internet as a fake isn't good enough for you? No records found so that doesn't disprove these cases could be true? Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.


Trip_Wire said:
As a matter of fact, SS, I don't consider these types of 'Reports' (?) to be factual at all! I look at them as humor only! So, I seldom check out the facts, as they are given, since in most cases I have doubts about them myself.
Then SAY so Trip - don't just quote the whole thing with no comment. Better still just don't cut and paste random articles at all.

Trip_Wire said:
I pass them on as just that HUMOR! I guess in your opinion, you and a few others didn't find any humor in the post. We all have such opinions of others articles and postings. If you really don't like it, your a 'Mod' delete it. You have the power ... right?
I don't delete things simply because I don't like them. I don't like your habit of cutting and pasting random articles about absolutely anything all the time in this forum - no. I have asked you not to do it so often. Just once it would be nice if you could start a thread without having to quote an article or cut and paste someone else's point of view. I'm sure you think it's interesting but 9 times out of 10 it really isn't.

Trip_Wire said:
Actually, IMHO anybody that drinks, steaming hot coffee out of the type of cup, that any of the fast food places, use in a moving vehicle (Stopped so she could add Cream & Sugar.) or vehicle period, lacks common sense, and is inviting accidents of the type that happened.

One needs to take responsibility for their own acts of carelessness and lack of good judgment, in my mind. There are cups and/or mugs designed to drink out of in vehicles and/or moving vehicles. (I keep two in my vehicle.)
Pity you didn't express some of this opinion before - it's much more valid than a load of cut and paste.

Trip_Wire said:
I read the American newspapers and see and hear the American TV as well as the American radio each and every day. Do you? I hear many of the same type judgments and/or civil settlements every day. Some would make the ones in this report look smart.
No I don't (thank God) have to subject myself to the American "meeja" on a daily basis. So what? I shall continue to comment on your (and others) reading of it if I feel it appropriate to do so.

Trip_Wire said:
Yes, I was aware of the details in the 'Stella Liebeck' case.
Then why did you post a load of incorrect drivel about it?

Trip_Wire said:
Oh! BTW is posting 'Urban legends' prohibited SS?
When you post them as "factual reporting" in a serious forum, yes. However you may try to wriggle out of this Trip, your original post which simply quoted the article with no attribution and no further comment did lokk exactly like that.

Now how about a weekend free of cut and paste topic starters?
 
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Why bother making them up?
This is the Stella awards web site, where all the cases have been verified as real.

http://www.stellaawards.com/

Just a few of the cases below, proving the truth is often stranger than fiction.

Professional big game hunter goes on safari and shoots a lion. It didn't drop dead immediately since he was loaded for rhino and hippo, not lion, and he's mauled. Whose fault is it that the "professional" hunter has the wrong ammo? Why, the ammo manufacturer, of course! He sues.

Baseball heckler so abusive that fans near him complain, so team asks him privately to quiet down a bit, please. No way, he says -- the team is violating his freedom of speech! He sues.

State inmate sues prison system claiming they're not letting him practice his religion -- he's a Druid Vampire, and must be allowed sexual access to a "vampress".

Singer James Brown's daughters sue him, claiming they are entitled to royalties for "helping" him write his songs -- when they were as young as 3 years old.

America -- and the world -- was shocked by how widespread the cases of priests sexually abusing children were. In this instance, the priest was upset that one of his victims came forward and told a newspaper the story of being repeatedly raped -- so he sued his victim for not keeping his mouth shut.
 
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The owner of the "Real stella awards" website is very clear that he does not want his copyright violated and that he only gives permission for the 2007 award to be posted in a particular format which may not be altered. This is it (all his words not mine):
The 2007 True Stella Awards

Issued February 2008

( Click here to confirm these are legitimate.)

#3: Sentry Insurance Company. The company provided worker's compensation insurance for a Wisconsin "Meals on Wheels" program. Delivering a meal, a MoW volunteer (who was allegedly not even wearing boots) slipped and fell on a participant's driveway that had been cleared of snow, and Sentry had to pay to care for her resulting injuries. Sentry wanted its money back, so it sued the 81-year-old homeowner getting the Meals on Wheels service. It could have simply filed for "subrogation" from her homeowner's insurance company, but by naming her in the action, it dragged an old lady into court, reinforcing the image of insurance companies as concerned only about the bottom line, not "protecting" policyholders from loss.

#2: The family of Robert Hornbeck. Hornbeck volunteered for the Army and served a stint in Iraq. After getting home, he got drunk, wandered into a hotel's service area (passing "DANGER" warning signs), crawled into an air conditioning unit, and was severely cut when the machinery activated. Unable to care for himself due to his drunkenness, he bled to death. A tragedy, to be sure, but one solely caused by a supposedly responsible adult with military training. Despite his irresponsible behavior -- and his perhaps criminal trespassing -- Hornbeck's family sued the hotel for $10 million, as if it's reasonably foreseeable that some drunk fool would ignore warning signs and climb into its heavy duty machinery to sleep off his bender.

But those pale compared to...
The winner of the 2007 True Stella Award: Roy L. Pearson Jr. The 57-year-old Administrative Law Judge from Washington DC claims that a dry cleaner lost a pair of his pants, so he sued the mom-and-pop business for $65,462,500. That's right: more than $65 million for one pair of pants. Representing himself, Judge Pearson cried in court over the loss of his pants, whining that there certainly isn't a more compelling case in the District archives. But the Superior Court judge wasn't moved: he called the case "vexatious litigation", scolded Judge Pearson for his "bad faith", and awarded damages to the dry cleaners. But Pearson didn't take no for an answer: he's appealing the decision. And he has plenty of time on his hands, since he was dismissed from his job. Last we heard, Pearson's appeal is still pending.

©2007 by Randy Cassingham, StellaAwards.com. Reprinted with permission.
This is what they have to say about the bogus awards quoted by Trip above BOGUS AWARDS
 
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I wonder why trip bothers posting anything on here. What ever it is he gets a reaming. Its nice to see scary spice (MOD) having a random poke.

Its the interweb, it was mildly interesting and certainly didn't require the effort you put in to giving him shoite. Go to the fecking pub or something

Tsk Tsk
 

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thegimp said:
I wonder why trip bothers posting anything on here. What ever it is he gets a reaming. Its nice to see scary spice (MOD) having a random poke.

Its the interweb, it was mildly interesting and certainly didn't require the effort you put in to giving him shoite. Go to the fecking pub or something

Tsk Tsk

She pointed out that Trip does little more than post cut and pastes. Scary called him on it. Scary was right and you're wrong.

Live with it.
 
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I too wonder why Trip bothers posting here, but for totally different reasons. We all got a feel for the fact that he's a mong with nothing to say for himself ages ago- now he's just labouring the point.
 
#16
What the feck is wrong with cut and pastes. And how does Scary pointing this out make scary right

I'm not wrong as you have decided 60, you should be looking for the next career step with logic like that, perhaps you should become a MOD

If trip fails to post on the multi national forum you may as well close the cnut down

I fear during your career you have answered many phones and heard only KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOB click
 

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thegimp said:
What the feck is wrong with cut and pastes. And how does Scary pointing this out make scary right

I'm not wrong as you have decided 60, you should be looking for the next career step with logic like that, perhaps you should become a MOD

If trip fails to post on the multi national forum you may as well close the cnut down

I fear during your career you have answered many phones and heard only KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOB click
Nice tirade. Would you care to try again?

The point was that just clipping an email that was debunked 15 years ago was perhaps not the brightest move. Do you see?

Or perhaps a news article culled from an obscure source with no supporting comment. Isn't that difficult, eh?
 
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thegimp said:
What the feck is wrong with cut and pastes.
Cut and paste with no additional comment is generally dull and adds little to the content of the forum. Nothing wrong with it per se provided it adds content, is vaguely interesting and is relevant. Oh yes and true if it is quoted as being factual.

You obviously don't read MNHQ much gimp or you'd know that Trip is incapable of starting a thread without a cut and paste.

thegimp said:
And how does Scary pointing this out make scary right
That would be on account of me being the Moderator in this forum. :)
 
#19
Isn't there a trigger that could be put in place that whenever tripe_wire posts it goes directly to the arrsehole...better yet to a tripehole, don't want to spoil even those posts that make it to the arrsehole
 
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scaryspice said:
You obviously don't read MNHQ much gimp or you'd know that Trip is incapable of starting a thread without a cut and paste.

That would be on account of me being the Moderator in this forum. :)
Any chance of binning the old fart then or at least an O2 tag - 'though you will have to take the riskof being visited by the old 'ninja' and have shock and awe released upon you.
 
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