The Official Stella Awards. The 2004 winner was Mrs Mary Ubaudi of Madison County, Ill.,who is suing car maker Mazda for failing ‘to provide instructions regarding the safe and proper use of a seatbelt.’ Lovely. Silly, but lovely.
The Stella Awards were inspired by Stella Liebeck. In 1992, Stella, then 79, spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee onto her lap, burning herself. A New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages, but that’s not the whole story. Ever since, the name “Stella Award” has been applied to any wild, outrageous, or ridiculous lawsuits…our goal is to legitimize the “Stella Awards” name by reporting real case stories…to get the point across much more powerfully.