Randy Cassingham The True Stella Awards

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The True Stella Awards

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9780452287716: The True Stella Awards

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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About the Author:

RANDY CASSINGHAM is the founder of the website StellaAwards.com and the weekly news site ThisIsTrue.com, which has a readership of over 120,000 subscribers. He is a former engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

From Publishers Weekly:

Depending on whether you're an attorney specializing in product liability cases, it's disheartening or it's not to read about the hunter who sued an ammunition manufacturer that failed to warn him its ammunition was not "suitable for killing a charging lion," or the California city that sued a non-lethal taser manufacturer for failing to "adequately teach police officers the difference between the Taser and their own handguns." The book "honors" lawsuits of the frivolous and ridiculous varieties by awarding them Stella Awards (named after Stella Liebeck, who famously spilled hot McDonald's coffee in her lap, then sued the chain). Though most lawsuits are summarized in a wink-and-a-nudge tone, the humorist author does allow himself a brief moment of activism in citing the ballooning costs-in dollars and wasted legal resources-of the "lawsuit industry," which cost litigants $250 billion in 2004. Just as likely to make readers shake their heads as chuckle, Cassingham has collected an astonishing array of cases: an Alabama woman was awarded $100,000 after being locked in a storage shed for two months; an Ohio man sued Delta Airlines after sitting next to an obese passenger on a two-hour flight; a mortgage company sued a couple whose identity had been stolen. A nifty little gift for anyone who appreciates absurdist trivia, the book's thumbnail case summaries make for easy spot reading.
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