Cropped up on the Lawyer tab posting and that is the legal procedures firms have to go through to stop being sued by idiots. I have just built up a bike for one of my neighbours daughters and there are stickers all over the place. QR's have a sticker on asking if you know how to adjust properly- If not look at the manual. Another states that the Bike is not suitable for stunting or racing. Other stickers advise you to see the manual to find out how to adjust various parts properly, And yet another sticker advises you not to adjust this part without reading the manual. What Manual? A bit of cardboard that informs you that all adjustments should be made by a Competent trained mechanic. Bit different to my Giant Manual that I expected to tell me all the technical details of my bike but only tells you how to adjust a few parts that I would regard as common knowledge.
The following are a few "Factoids" that are being made onbehalf of the loony Legal system that appears to be making an appearance in the UK.
The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled
hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case
inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous,
successful lawsuits in the United States.
Here are this year's winners:
3rd Place : A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500. after she slipped on a soft drink and
broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms.
Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an
2nd Place: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the
owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the
bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This
occurred while Ms.Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the
ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded
$12,000. and dental expenses.
1st Place: This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot
Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football
game), having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70
mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back & make herself
a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and
overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the
owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her
$1,750,000. plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their
manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other
complete morons around.
As Mr Blair introduced No Win No Fee schemes for us in the UK, does any
small business stand a hope in hell of surviving this sort of bollocks!!