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The Stella Awards

The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck, who
spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM).
That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous,
Ridiculous and 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 Angeleswon $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 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 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.Dickson 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. In my opinion this is so outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place!

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 originally 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 (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 of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a
nightclub 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.
That's what happens when you allow such cases to get to courtin a country which believes "it's all someone else's fault.....let's sue them";but then without ambulance chasing a good few lawers would have to get a real job.
The winner reminds me of the sep who hired a car over in the UK and burnt it out driving it in first gear forever. With never using a manual drive before how was she to know. Lazy fecker!!!!

Not forgetting my old town where some dumb woman who was posting crap through the letter box. Or is that litter box??

Anyways she tripped on wet leaves and sues the owner who lost the case and with not notifying the house insurance people he had to pay out of his own pocket.

She was awarded twenty five thousand for damages to her leg. Of course he never had that kinda money so he had to sell his home.

So we have a knob posting crap through the letter box not invited onto the property and you end up losing your home.
Shocking, absolutely shocking. Very funny, but what is that society on? To be able to sue a car manufacturer and win for an incident created by your own stupidity is just incredible. Thank god she didn't kill anyone and a shame she didn't remove herself from the gene pool and therefore be the deserving recipient of a Darwin Award.

Just incredible.


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