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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pokerace, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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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 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 this past year --

    * SIXTH 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.

    Scratch some more...

    * FIFTH 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, count 'em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claimingundue 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...

    Double hand scratching after this one...

    *FOURTH 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.

    Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot...

    * THIRD 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?

    Only two more so ease up on the scratching...

    *SECOND 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.

    Ok. Here we go!!

    * FIRST PLACE *

    This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased 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.

    If you think our court system is out of control, be sure to pass this one on
     
  2. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    I will pass this on for sure. I may title it "Six (of several thousands of) amazing facts about our nation's court system".
     
  3. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Not that I agree with the theory of frivolous law suits, but the creator of the 'Stella Awards' may want to fact check the Stella Liebeck case. She was award money based on the fact that the hot coffee was so hot that it spilled while being balanced on her knees in a parked car she received 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her legs, buttocks and groin.. Which was about 6% of her body. Now, while I'm not an expert on coffee I dare anyone to make a normal cup of coffee that could do that much damage and expect it to be served to the general public. McDonald's has had over 700 burn cases similar to this.

    Ref: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Ref: Stella Liebeck: The Facts and Myths Surrounding the “Hot Coffee” Case

    There are others sites, just go look around.

    McDonald's paid a PR firm to launch a smear campaign against her and the incident to maintain control over the situation. Originally Mrs. Liebeck just wanted them to help cover the medical bills. McDonald's could have done the right thing and helped, but instead she was forced to sue them. Thus when people think of he coffee lady they think it was a frivolous law suit. It wasn't.

    Let me be clear, I despise frivolous law suits. Unfortunately the threat of a lawsuit servers a very important purpose in a free market economy. The consumer requires a legal system that allows a private citizen to sue the crap out of a company that fails to do the right thing. Otherwise they get away with whatever they want, OR the government has to watchdog/police them. You can't get it both ways.

    More than my $0.02.
     
  4. 142

    142 Rogue Valley Member

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    The motor home accident happened years ago... It's nothing new. Wish I had thought of that though.
     
  5. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Bigfoot Clack Co. OR Well-Known Member

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    Well this one is factual. Remember the Washington DC guy named Roy Pearson who sued the dry cleaners $67 mil for a pair of lost pants? Truth was they didn't even lose the pants the guy just said 'those aren't my pants' and sued. Thank God he lost the case but here's something that you might not know about Roy Pearson, he was an Administrative Law Judge in DC at the time.
     
  7. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Dang. Beat me to it. Doesn't anyone ever check Snopes before posting stuff?? If it sounds too good (or too bad), check Snopes first!
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Unless under pressure water in its liquid state can not reach a temp above 212 degees Fahrenheit. In order to be classifed as a third degree burn. The Burn must

    1. extend through entire dermis (what this means in simple terms is the skin is virtually gone File:8-day-old-3rd-degree-burn.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    2. it will appear Stiff and white/brown
    3. it Requires excision


    I'm sorry but since the instant you remove water from the exxternal heat source it starts to cool down. And the instant it hit the cup it also looses temp as the heet energy is transfered to the paper or Styrofoam in order to heet it up. I seriously doubt the water in her coffee could have been anywhere near 212 degress. I would estimate it was closer to 185-190 degrees. Most home water heaters if you have a dishwasher are set for 140 degrees. I have washed dishes as well as my hands hundreds of times with full hot water in our house (our bathroom sink downstairs in less then 3 ft of pipe away from the water heater) and I have never received even a 1st degree burn or red hands that last longer then drying my hands.

    SO I would have to see photographic proof that this woman suffered third degree burns from WATER.
     
  9. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    why would i want to checks snops this is a JOKE..
     
  10. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    You might post it as such then.
     
  11. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    My take is a lot of these exaggerations are perpetuated by corporations that want anti-lawsuit legislation. So an individual or small group that is indeed greatly harmed doesn't have any recourse against a careless, immoral, or deceitful corporation. Just my two cents. Make sure that corps have all your rights but absolutely none of your liabilities so they can do anything they want without regard to others.
     
  12. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Those no-good corporations sure are crafty. :laugh: