25 Apr 1997 Legal Brief: Clinton Coincidence? Attorneys for Integrity no Oxymoron; Lawyers Get $140,000; Plaintiff Gets 93 Cents; Tort D’Jour
Tort D’JourOur thanks to Joseph Perkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune for inagurating the “Stella” awards to honor, or, as Perkins says, dishonor, the “most outlandish lawsuits of the year.” The Stella Award is sutably named for Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque who won a $2.7 million judgement against McDonald’s last year for spilling hot McDonalds coffee on her own lap.
Among Perkins’ first annual Stella awardees is Carol Roland, who was awarded $2.1 million by a New Hampshire jury after she was attacked by a pit bull in her friend’s apartment. Ms. Roland faced legal bills of approximately $40,000. But did Ms. Roland sue her friend, the owner of the pit bull? Why no. Ms. Roland sued the owner of the building. Does anyone doubt that her attorneys helped Ms. Roland identify the deeper pockets?