Every year around this time, media outlets across America and the world get their laughs at "this year's" Stella Awards. The Stella Awards are a list of the year's seven "most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S." For anyone who has cared to check, this year's seven cases are repeats of years past. Worse, as it turns out, the cases are fictional. Rick Casey, a journalist from the Houston Chronicle, exposes the myth behind these cases in his article "Incredible Lawsuit Tales." In addition to exposing the myth behind the Stella Awards, Mr. Casey explains away many of the misconceptions behind the McDonald's coffee cup case that has led many Americans to believe (wrongly) that our civil justice system is flawed. Mr. Casey leaves us with an important reminder: "The next time an Internet tale makes you think things are even worse than you thought, check it out. Especially when the tale suggests that the American system is stacked against wealthy corporations."