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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 was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.? Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.

    5TH PLACE :
    Terrence Dickson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who 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 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 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.? Grrrrr... Scratch, scratch.

    3RD PLACE :
    Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $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. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions???? Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in n 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 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 (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.
    that sounds like a good idea trooper.
    -Vulcan

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    I beleive all of these are urban legends. Especially the first place one.
    ~~ Veritas simplex oratio est ~~
    No matter how far a wizard goes, he will always come back for his hat. --T. Pratchett

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    • #3
      Re: Stella Awards

      Many of those are recorded here:

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

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      • #4
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        yeah, another link
        http://www.northwestern.edu/observer...08/juries.html

        By Pat Vaughan Tremmel

        The debate over whether the civil jury is out of control has brought countless tales of outrageous awards by jurors only too willing to clean out the pockets of defendants, especially the deep pockets of corporations.


        Shari Diamond

        Maybe you heard the one about Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas. According to a widely distributed e-mail listing of outlandish jury verdicts, a jury of peers awarded Robertson $780,000 after she broke her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The noteworthy twist is that the misbehaving toddler was Robertson’s very own little boy.

        That and the six other eyebrow-raising cases listed in the ubiquitous e-mail offer dramatic support to critics of the civil jury and advocates of tort reform.

        But there is one major problem. None of those cases actually exists. Not one of them could be located in court records, jury verdict reporters, contemporaneous news accounts or even through local bar association tort committees.

        So why do so many people, even a sophisticated attorney involved in circulating the e-mail, so easily believe the wild jury verdicts are true?

        Shari Diamond, a professor at the School of Law, attempts to answer that question in “Truth, Justice and the Jury,” an article published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She takes a close look at “the truth” about the jury and its ability to get at “the truth,” comparing information ordinary citizens received from the media with data that emerge from systematic studies of jury decisions and decision-making.

        Because media reports generally focus on the unusual case or verdict, the popular image of jury behavior that emerges is skewed in the direction of exceptional cases, according to Diamond.

        In addition, news stories about actual jury verdicts provide incomplete and potentially misleading descriptions of the evidence that the jury heard and, due to the secrecy of the deliberations, only limited information on how the verdict was reached.

        Diamond’s article offers scholars’ evidence that contradicts the impression conveyed by the e-mail cases through archival studies of jury verdicts, post-trial surveys of jurors, surveys of jury observers, such as judges and attorneys, and simulations.

        In tort cases decided by juries, for example, a study of court files in the 75 most populous counties reveals that plaintiffs prevailed at trial in an average of 48 percent of cases. Diamond contrasts the 48 percent figure with the content analysis of five national and popular business magazines, showing an overrepresentation of the plaintiff victory rate before juries in tort cases at 85 percent.

        “The distorted distribution of plaintiff verdicts that emerges in media coverage can lay the groundwork for enticing even sophisticated consumers with urban legends,” Diamond said.
        "Sympathy means a lot, coming from Kulmar. I didn't think it was possible.
        Good luck getting rid of your disease. If you're infected, though, stay away--I can't afford to be a zombie right now.
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        • #5
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          Some interesting posts on these stories and the tort reform movement:

          http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/006633.html

          http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/005850.html


          Essentially, these stories are almost assuredly fabricated and distributed by those who want to influence policy. It's public policy marketing.
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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Steeler View Post
            Some interesting posts on these stories and the tort reform movement:

            http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/006633.html

            http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/005850.html


            Essentially, these stories are almost assuredly fabricated and distributed by those who want to influence policy. It's public policy marketing.

            well crap.....i just copied these from another forum...so wasnt me.
            that sounds like a good idea trooper.
            -Vulcan

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Trooper View Post
              well crap.....i just copied these from another forum...so wasnt me.
              This is why I never forward stuff I get in email unless I check Snopes first. And then when I find out it's BS, I send the Snopes link back to everyone in the sender's recipient list.

              Apparently the forum you copied from isn't quite as sophisticated as the TG audience, who have the skepticism to check things out and post their findings. ;)

              (Maybe you could post a link there back to this thread?)
              Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

              snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

              Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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              • #8
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                lol...well its just a gunjunkie forum. Bunch of other Taurus owners.
                that sounds like a good idea trooper.
                -Vulcan

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Trooper View Post
                  lol...well its just a gunjunkie forum. Bunch of other Taurus owners.
                  Do teach them about Snopes. If someone posted BS about guns there, I'm sure many would jump in to correct. Show them how to do the same for other subjects.
                  Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                  snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                  Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                  • #10
                    Re: Stella Awards

                    Originally posted by Steeler View Post
                    Some interesting posts on these stories and the tort reform movement:

                    http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/006633.html

                    http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/005850.html


                    Essentially, these stories are almost assuredly fabricated and distributed by those who want to influence policy. It's public policy marketing.
                    Essentially, the links you just provided contain "facts" fabricated and distributed by those who want to influence policy.

                    Note your second link repeats the lie that the Stella Liebeck case caused people to lower the temperature at which they serve coffee. Many people believe this because trial lawyers, who are a business interest themselves, repeat it all the time. It is not the case with any of the major coffee-selling chains.
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                    • #11
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                      [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkV9XoDVUlU[/media]

                      Stella Award. :) (make sure you listen to the lyrics)
                      "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
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