The True Stella Awards

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Penguin, Oct 31, 2006 - Humor - 368 pages
Gathered from the popular website www.StellaAwards.com, The True Stella Awards is an outrageous collection of America’s most frivolous lawsuits 

Named for Stella Liebeck, the woman who won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit after spilling hot McDonald’s coffee on herself, humorist Randy Cassingham’s popular website chronicles the hard-to-believe and amusing claims brought before the U.S.courts. The most ridiculous of these lawsuits are given the “honorable” Stella Award.

In The True Stella Awards, Cassingham documents the most outlandish of these real-life cases, including:
* The man who legally changed his name to Jack Ass, and then sued MTV because their TV show and movie Jackass infringed on his trademark and demeaned his “good name”
* The songwriter who left a minute’s silence on his record only to be sued by the estate of another songwriter who copyrighted his own “silent” song
* The man who sued an amusement park after being the victim of the ultimate “act of God”: He was hit by lightning while standing next to his own car in the parking lot 

Stunning and hilarious, The True Stella Awards reveals the extremes people will go to in the pursuit of “justice.”

 

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Contents

Genesis The Birth of the Stella Awards
Agents of Change Abusing the Courts to Further an Agenda
Medical Cases The Wrong Medicine
Its Not My Responsibility Someone Else Needs to
Petty Squabbles We Need a Jury for This?
Its My Right The Infinite Expansion of the Constitution
It Ought to Be a Crime Lawsuits by Inmates and Criminals
The ClassAction Lottery The Queue Forms Here
Thats Just Stupid Or Dont Tell Me I Dont Get My Day in Court
SLAPPs and Other Corporate Abuse Another Side of the Coin
Your Turn Try a Few Cases
We Appeal Some LawyerReaders Respond
Conclusion What Happens Is Really Up to
Annual Award Winners and Runnersup
Index
Acknowledgements About the Author

School Daze What Are Our Kids Really Learning?

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About the author (2006)

Randy Cassingham is the founder of the Web site ww.StellaAwards.com and the weekly news site www.ThisIsTrue.com, which has a readership of over 120,000 subscribers. He is a former engineer at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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