The True Stella Awards [NOOK Book]

Overview

Gathered from the popular website 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 ...

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Overview

Gathered from the popular website 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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KLIATT - KLIATT Review
Stella Awards are what Cassingham bestows for the worst misuses of the legal system. He has categorized them into chapters whose titles tell the story: Abusing the Courts to Further an Agenda; The Wrong Medicine; It's Not My Responsibility; Petty Squabbles; It's My Right: Lawsuits by Inmates and Criminals; Class-Action Lottery; School Daze; That's Just Stupid; SLAPPS and Other Corporate Abuse. All of the cases mentioned are real. As the author says, he has no need to make up cases when there are so many ridiculous ones around, and his first chapter separates "urban legend" lawsuits from real ones. Since the hot coffee lawsuit against MacDonald's is often cited as a prime example of the misuse of the law, Cassingham carefully describes the rationale of that case at the beginning. Each of the Stella Award nominees is described and the final decision is cited. He also includes a chapter where the reader can guess the outcome and another where lawyers and readers respond. He ends the book by describing the problem with frivolous lawsuits and how the system can be fixed and with a list of the Stella Award winners and runners-up. In addition, he cites newspaper articles about many of the lawsuits. Students interested in the law will find this book fascinating as well as those looking for material for their stand-up comedy routines. Age Range: Ages 12 to adult. REVIEWER: Nola Theiss (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101117743
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,212,201
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

RANDY CASSINGHAM is the founder of the website www.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 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    not what I expected

    too much editorializing and not enough of the crazy lawsuits I was expecting.

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