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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?

    So, 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 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 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 live 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.


    4TH PLACE:
    Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas, garnered 4th place in the Stella's 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.


    3RD PLACE:
    A jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster,
    Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink 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.


    2ND PLACE:
    Kara Walton of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a nightclub 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 nightclub had to pay her $12,000 plus dental expenses.


    1ST PLACE:
    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 on to 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 Oklahoma jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home.

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    FALSE: Why the f@#k do people continually post/email crap like this without at least checking it out??

    http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp
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    TNR beat me to it. They should rename this "the gullibility awards."
    If you will it, dude, it is no dream.

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    Ok, ok.

    They're still pretty funny...
    "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." Bob Seger

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    Well, here's one that ISN'T b.s.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,491304,00.html

    I think $4,000,000,000 is a little STEEP!
    Ofcourse, if she get's ANY kind of settlement, I'm going after the Kennedy's for emabarrasing ALL Irish-Catholics
    I refuse to argue with idiots, because people can't tell the DIFFERENCE!

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    Irish Catholics do a fine job of embarrassing themselves, they don't need big fat Teddy to help them.


    (I keed, I keed)
    If you will it, dude, it is no dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235 View Post
    Irish Catholics do a fine job of embarrassing themselves, they don't need big fat Teddy to help them.


    (I keed, I keed)

    THAT'S my point EXACTLY!:p
    I refuse to argue with idiots, because people can't tell the DIFFERENCE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNRabbit View Post
    FALSE: Why the f@#k do people continually post/email crap like this without at least checking it out??

    http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp
    All I'm claiming is it's a funny read; I never figured stuff like this to be true any how.

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