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RE: [APD] Re:my caution statement

And having read them, read the start of this :-)
--- Douglas Guynn <d_guynn at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> The suits in the message are not true. See
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com
> [mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com]On Behalf Of
> home66run
> Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 10:38 AM
> To: aquatic plants digest
> Subject: Re: [APD] Re:my caution statement
> If you think that frivolous lawsuits never win, read
> below.
> Thank you,
> Marshall
> The Annual Stella Awards.
> The Stellas are named after 81 year old Stella Liebeck
> who spilled coffee on
> herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case
> inspired the Stella
> Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the
> United States.
> Unfortunately the most recent lawsuit implicating
> McDonald's, the teens who
> allege that eating at McDonald's has made them fat, was
> filed after the 2003
> award voting was closed. This suit will top
> the 2004 awards list without question.
> 5th place (Tied).
> Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $780,000
> by a jury of her
> peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler
> who was running
> inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were
> understandably
> surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving
> toddler was Ms.
> Robertson's son.
> 5th place (Tied).
> 19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and
> medical expenses when
> his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr.
> Truman apparently
> did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car
> when he was trying
> to steal the hubcaps.
> 5th place (Tied).
> Terrence Dickson of Bristol, PA was leaving a house he
> had just finished
> robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the
> garage door to go
> up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He
> could not re-enter
> the house because the door connecting the house and
> garage locked when he
> pulled it shut. The family was on vacation and Mr.
> Dickson found himself
> locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case
> of Pepsi he found
> and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's
> insurance claiming
> the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The Jury
> agreed to the tune
> of $500,000.
> 4th place.
> Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded
> $14,500 and medical
> expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next
> door neighbor's
> Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's
> fenced yard. The award
> was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might
> have been a little
> provoked at the time as Mr. Williams, who had climbed
> over the fence into
> the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.
> 3rd place.
> A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson
> of Lancaster,
> Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink
> and broke her coccyx
> (tailbone) The beverage was on the floor because 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
> Night Club in a
> neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window
> to the floor and
> knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst
> Ms. Walton was
> trying to sneak in the window of the Ladies Room to avoid
> paying the $3.50
> cover charge.
> She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.
> 1st Place.
> This year's runaway winner was Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma
> City, OK. Mr.
> Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago motorhome. On
> his trip home from
> an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he
> set the cruise
> control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go
> into the back and
> make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly the RV
> left the freeway,
> crashed and overturned.
> Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the
> owner's manual that
> he could not actually do this! The jury awarded him
> $1,750,000 plus a new
> Winnebago Motorhome. The company actually changed their
> manuals on the basis
> of this suit just in case there were any other complete
> morons buying their
> recreational vehicles.
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