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The most ridiculous, successful lawsuits in USA

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UNBELIEVABLE! How badly do these jurors want to get home? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards." The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck of New Mexico who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the Stella awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States. Here are this year's winners: 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 owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son. 6th Place: 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. 5th Place : Terrence d!ckson 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, and Mr. d!ckson 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 $500,000. 4th Place: 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 its owner's fenced 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 had climbed over the fence into the yard and 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 (tail bone). 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 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. 1st Place : This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand 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 drivers seat to go into the back & make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.

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My Law teacher shared these with us..when I was still in junior high school..haha..yup gotta love the stella awards..

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5th Place : Terrence d!ckson 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, and Mr. d!ckson 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 $500,000.

#5 is the most ridiculous! half a mil for THAT?

Man, I'm TOTALLY going to sue Bunnylicious for making me laugh so hard with this thread. I'm now suffering from facial muscle soreness due to post traumatic hysteria!

:lol:

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^ O boy, dont give people ideas ^^'

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Some jurors are complete morons. I hope their houses get robbed.

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I can't believe people are so stupid. And I can't believe people are stupid enough to give the stupid people money.

Why do we insist on rewarding people for their own stupidity? These people should be dead. Natural selection, where have you gone?

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Umm just found out, some of them are fake... or all of them.. the McD one is true though

http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp

Snope doesnt mention the 1st winner though

Sorry guys :sweatingbullets:

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I know about the Mcdonalds one because because of that incident, coffee cups are said to have the writing "Caution, very hot!" on the sides of them now. Just look at every coffee cup now a days, they all have that caution sign because of some dumb old lady who thought it would only be warm.

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Why do we insist on rewarding people for their own stupidity? These people should be dead. Natural selection, where have you gone?

Ironically, I agree with you Mike. I've been pretty much the poster boy of idiocy and futility on this forum and somehow have become a cult hero. :lol: But never fear, judging from recent blood pressure and cholesterol readings, natural selection may soon have its way with me yet... :unsure:

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since it's fake, but still pretty funny, i'll just move it to the humor section :)

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hehe, you get awarded when you break a law and get hurt doing it, nice....

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yeah, this is why our justice system is imperfect.

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LOL

-liyang

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5th place one is the most unfair!!

and the number 1 lady. o man >_>

i hope these are fake

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god bless america for paying all the idiotic people (tone of sarcasm)

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i hate the fact that people win lawsuits over that kinda crap and my doctor was stupid and missed the fact that my sisters ankle was broken in 2 places and whatever crap and we cant do anything about it -__-

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Hello Bunny :P

:lol: America and the sueing. How come a theif gets a settlememt lolz. maybe he is better off without his theiving hands :lol::D

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that is so stupid, half of thse people ought to be in jail themselves for commiting the crime in the first place. oh well, what goes aruond comes around - they'll get what they deserve. what a crappy jury, anyone in their right mind will know who should win!

Mrs. Merv Grazinski...sadly enough, even Homer Simpson is smarter than her. at least he looked at up the last minute and tried to stop the car

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LoL wth? hha...

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some of these are so STUPID.

honestly some people will do anything to get a buck -__-;

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