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Tagged: / Posted: 23 April 2009

Story from the Telegraph website 16th February 2009 http://tiny.cc/f34yl - reports on the most outrageous US lawsuits and on the "Annual Stella Awards held in the US this week"...except they weren't. The Telegraph have managed to print almost verbatim an urban legend email which had been doing the rounds since 2001. Whoever cut and pasted this couldn't even be bothered to do a google search or even consult that usual journalistic standard wikipedia. The Snopes website debunks the myth here http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp

As a p.s. the last time I heard about the Stella awards was two years ago at an annual law society dinner when a District Judge quoted them as fact in his speech.

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