Silly Lawsuits and the Stella Awards
The Stella Awards are named after Stella Liebeck, who, in 1992, spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee onto her lap while riding in a car. She sued Macdonald's for not warning her the coffee was hot. Had she have been warned, would she then have decided not to spill it on herself? No matter, a New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous lawsuits in the United States.