Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers are breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.
I was suitably amused and shocked but also rather skeptical about the content of the email, as I have come across fake emails before. Turns out my instincts were correct. Another person on the circulation list provided a link to the Snopes.com Rumor Has It website, which exposes the Stella Awards and the claim of "six outrageous-but-real lawsuits showcas[ing] the need for tort reform" as being utterly false.
This is a fabulous website and I'm adding it to my 'must read' list. Some of the categories that dispell myth, legend and innuendo and that I'll be reading first include: Disney, Titanic, Weddings, Critter Country, Hurricane Katrina, and Lost Legends. Check it out, folks!