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Author Topic: The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:  (Read 3538 times)

Offline John S

Re: The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2012, 07:03:12 PM »
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  • For the most part, employees round where I live get to share the pain in lean years and never get the benefit in good ones. CEOs and bankers (along with most other specialist professionals), on the other hand...

    Never heard of any redundancies or wage cuts of union officials either.  :crazy:
     

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    Offline Ian

    Re: The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:
    « Reply #16 on: January 16, 2012, 07:12:54 PM »
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  • They don't lose any money when there's a strike either do they. they are all fat-cats now. Union members now forget that THEY are the union, not your Bob Crow's.
    An aircraft landing is just a controlled crash.

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    Offline Alianora La Canta

    Re: The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:
    « Reply #18 on: January 22, 2012, 11:38:56 PM »
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  • For the most part, employees round where I live get to share the pain in lean years and never get the benefit in good ones. CEOs and bankers (along with most other specialist professionals), on the other hand...

    Never heard of any redundancies or wage cuts of union officials either.  :crazy:

    That's because they're company bosses too! (EDIT: None of them call themselves "CEOs" but I think everyone knows that's what they are).
    « Last Edit: January 22, 2012, 11:40:32 PM by Alianora La Canta »
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    Offline Dare

    Re: The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:
    « Reply #19 on: January 23, 2012, 01:40:21 AM »
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  • These are some actual settlements people won in
    lawsuits.Number one shows the jurors are as stupid
    as the people that sued


    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?

    Here are the Stella’s for the past year:

    7TH PL ACE :

    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, 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 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.

    Scratch. 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.

    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. Wha t ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions?

    Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more Stella’s 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, hav ing 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.
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    democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
    who are
    willing to work and give to those who would not."
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    Offline lkjohnson1950

    Re: The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:
    « Reply #20 on: January 23, 2012, 03:17:43 AM »
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  • I sincerely hope some of these are appealed. On appeal they will be heard by a judge who presumably (though not necessarily) will have more sense. Some of this can be attributed to the popular belief that large companies like Winnebago, have piles of money and can afford to pay the little guy a bit. What actually  happens is their insurance company will raise the rates and Winnebago raises the price of motorhomes to cover the additional expense.
    Lonny