Jennelle Carrillo can't seem to escape the hot seat.The Cleburne woman sued the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones earlier this year, saying she suffered third-degree burns on her rear end while sitting on a black marble bench on a 101-degree August day at Cowboys Stadium.The Cowboys, she said, should have posted warning signs about the hot benches.Carrillo's suit has made one of those "year-in-review" top 10 lists - the most ridiculous lawsuits filed in 2012, as voted on by readers at facesoflawsuitabuse.org and released by the National Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal Reform.The suit is No. 6 on the list. The "most ridiculous" suit was filed by Florida driver who was convicted of manslaughter after driving drunk. He sued the person he killed."Abuse of our legal system is no joke, and these examples range from the outrageous to the absurd," Lisa A. Rickard, president of the institute, said in a news release. "This poll reminds us that as a society, we sue too much. In turn, these abusive lawsuits inflict harm on lives, jobs, and our economic growth."An Austin attorney representing Carrillo could not be reached for comment.In Carrillo's suit, she alleged that she was not warned about the hot bench and that there were no signs posted to warn people at Cowboys Stadium for the 2010 Blue and White scrimmage. She realized that she had been burned when she got up to use the restroom, she said.Carrillo left the stadium and spent a week in the hospital getting skin grafts because of her injuries, according to her suit.Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696Twitter: @fwstliz
'most ridiculous' lawsuits in 2012
1. A Florida driver who was convicted of manslaughter after driving drunk sued the person he killed.
2. A Michigan woman filed a $5 million suit for the gas left in her repossessed car.
3. A 13-year-old Little Leaguer was sued by a spectator who was hit by a baseball.
4. A maximum security inmate jailed with only five teeth sued the prison over dental problems.
5. Anheuser-Busch was sued because a longneck beer bottle was used as a weapon in a bar fight.
6. Carrillo's suit against Cowboys Stadium.
7. A California restaurateur was sued for disabilities act violations in a parking lot that he doesn't own.
8. A Colorado man won $7 million after blaming his illness on inhaling fumes from microwave popcorn.
9. A $1.7 billion suit claimed that wireless parking meters in Santa Monica, Calif., were causing health problems.
10. Parents in the California Bay Area sued the school after their son was kicked out of an honors class for cheating.
National Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal Reform