Stella Awards

A friend at work passed this on to me and I thought it was really funny. Its terrible and sad that these are all true too.

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 Stellas for this past year -- 2010 :


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…

Start scratching!


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


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 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 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...
Double hand scratching after this one…


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..


Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania- a jury rendered 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...


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!!


This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner: 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.


  1. OMG!!! see, maybe that's why my hubby says if i'm to shoot an intruder, i should make sure they're dead so they can't sue me. THIS IS crazy stuff!!

  2. Omg! This post did made me scratch my head! Shaking my head.. What a total abuse of lawsuit!

  3. Thank you so much - I laughed A Lot to this. I posted it on my Face Book page too - its tragic and hilarious at the same time! Shah. X

  4. This stuff seriously boggles my mind. This explains some of the ridiculous warning labels I've seen lately. It's funny - except that there are actual crimes that don't get prosecuted because this crap is clogging up the legal system.

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  6. Too late. I've scratched myself bald. It wasn't hard to do since postpartum hair loss did most of the work for me.These are absolutely ridiculous. There's no sense of personal responsibility in society anymore. At least we still have a sense of humor though! Kudos to whoever invented the "Stella Award."Happy Comment Love Day!

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  8. insane * an overload of negative energy to grab some cash in the end ~ so not worth it * *

  9. Oh my god! Is this for real? I can not believe that people can blame their stoopidness on others!No wonder insurance costs so much!!Fab blog by the way, I've followed over from FTLOB

  10. Wow! That would be even funnier if it wasn't all true! People are crazy...Great Blog btw...I am your newest follower...Please stop by and say hi and follow me too! :)Thanks and have a great day!