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article imageWacky Warning labels contest winners

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Dec 13, 2007 in Entertainment
Now in its eleventh year the winners of the Wacky Warning Label Contest have been announced. It is conducted by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, M-LAW to show the length manufacturers go to to avoid ridiculous lawsuits.
Because of ridiculous lawsuits the contest is to show what the effects are of lawsuits on warning labels.
According to the Yahoo News contest organizer Bob Dorigo Jones states the labels reflect how broken down America's civil justice system is.
As Associated Press reports:"Predatory lawyers know they can file ridiculous lawsuits against innocent product makers and blackmail them into cash settlements -- even in cases in which a user has ignored common sense," said Dorigo Jones. "The real issue is not the obvious warning labels, but the billions of dollars in litigation costs passed on to consumers -- a kind of a "lawsuit tax" we all pay. That is why M-LAW urges judges and policy makers to support civil justice reform."
M-LAW picked the finalists and the winners were chosen by the listeners of the Dick Purtan show on Detroit Michigan radio station, WOMC-FM.
The grand prize of $500 was won by Kevin Soave of Farmington Hills Michigan. The label he turned in on the pictured tractor was "Danger:Avoid Death.
He also won the book written by M-LAW president Bob Dorigo Jones "Remove Chiled Before Folding, The 101 Stupidest, Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever,"
The second prize of $250 was won by Carrianne, Jacob and Robby Turin of Greensburg, Pa. Their label was found on an iron-on T-shirt transfer that warns: "Do not iron while wearing shirt."
The $100 third place winner was Richard Goodnow of Lancaster, Mass. his label was on a baby stroller that has a small storage pouch with the warning "Do not put child in bag."
Cyndi LaMonde of Traverse City Michigan received an honorable mention for the label that she submitted. It was on a letter opener with the warning:"Caution: Safety goggles recommended."
A second honorable mention was given to Ann Marie Young of Fillmore, N.Y. She found a label on a vanishing fabric marker that warned: "The Vanishing Fabric Marker should not be used as a writing instrument for signing checks or any legal documents."
To see the photos of the winning labels click here.
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