“Stella Awards” making the rounds again, and debunked again
Every few months for several years, I have received emails about the "Stella Awards." This purports to be a summary of the most frivolous and absurd lawsuits.
The problem is that the stories it tells are false. It appears to be a collection of the most absurd fictional lawsuit stories that someone could make up for propaganda purposes, with no connection to reality. However, while the "Stella Awards" list is demonstrably false, it keeps rearing its ugly head.
See the "Stella Awards" and their debunking at snopes.com.
That’s not to say there aren’t some absurd, frivolous lawsuits. While I generally represent plaintiffs in this decade, I screen out a lot of cases that would be frivolous.
Occasionally represent defendants to knock out of the system lawsuits that are frivolous. Just recently I represented a defendant in getting a frivolous lawsuit dismissed under threat of sanctions.
Ken Shigley is a trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia who has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale), and is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy,. Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in trucking and bus accidents, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases. Currently he is Treasurer of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.