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Uneasy Rider Sues BMW

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A man claims in court that a four-hour ride on a BMW motorcycle with a "ridge-like" seat gave him "a severe case of priapism," which left him "unable to engage in sexual activity."

The man sued BMW of North America and Corbin-Pacific, which made the seat, in a bare bones complaint.

Aside from four pages of checked boxes, the complaint states, in its entirety, that on May 1, 2010, "Plaintiff was riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat. The ride lasted approximately two hours each way to plaintiff's destination, after which plaintiff developed a severe case of priapism (a persistent, lasting erection). Plaintiff alleges that this condition was caused by the ridge-like seat on his motorcycle, negligently designed, manufactured and/or installed by defendants.

"Plaintiff now suffers from priapism (a long lasting erection), and has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride. He is now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish. Plaintiff is distraught and distressed because of this. Defendants, and each of them, are liable to plaintiff due [to] their negligent design, manufacture and/or installation of the seat on plaintiff's motorcycle."

He seeks damages for lost wages, personal injury, medical expenses, product liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

He is represented by Vernon Bradley of Sausalito.

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