True Stella Awards book, DISTRESSED Hardcover


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“Distressed” and “As-Is” Copies of Randy’s True Stella Awards book at a discount.

…but they’re still autographed first edition hardcover.

See below for more product details. Shipping is at-cost via a realtime quote from USPS.

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Autographed By Author



These are still first edition hardcover copies of The True Stella Awards book — autographed to you by the author — but these are not in “like new” or even necessarily “very good” condition: the dust jacket is probably torn, marked, or even missing, pages might be dirty or scuffed, they may have a bookplate on the first page, or a library stamp on the edges of the pages, but they’re definitely still readable.

(Clean autographed copies can also be ordered from this site, here.)

New copies are long gone: it’s out of print (paper copies, anyway — both hardcover and the trade paperback edition), but you can still get it from Amazon as a Kindle ebook. And you can even get second-hand print copies through that link too.

But if you’d like a “reading copy” — of the first edition, and autographed by the author — without paying a premium for the book in clean condition, we have some.

About the Book

The Stella Awards® were inspired by Stella Liebeck. In 1992, Stella, then 79, spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee onto her lap, burning herself. A New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages, but that’s not the whole story. Ever since, the name “Stella Award” has been applied to any wild, outrageous, or ridiculous lawsuits — including bogus cases!

The True Stella Awards book retells scores of real cases as filed in U.S. courts. Many of the writeups have been updated with new information. The book pulls it all together in one place with analysis of what to do next.

The book addresses:

  • Just who is Stella, and what really happened with that cup of McDonald’s coffee
  • Using lawsuits to further a political or personal agenda.
  • Medical cases.
  • Blaming someone else — anyone else — for what happens to you.
  • What happens when bullies and cry-babies grow up (they take their fights into court!)
  • The ever-expanding concept of the “right” to sue.
  • Suits by inmates and criminals — sometimes they sue their victims.
  • The class action lottery.
  • Lawsuits against schools.
  • Just plain stupid cases.
  • How corporations use lawsuits to fight competition and anyone who criticizes them.
  • Responses from lawyer-readers — some of them just don’t get it.
  • And pulling it all together: How can we fix the problem?

You still get free domestic shipping. 352 pages, published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Books.

Due to the nature of these copies and the steeply discounted price, these copies are sold “as is”. I guarantee only that the book is complete and readable.

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