Man Loses Motorcycle Lawsuit, but Not Erection

Dykes on Bikes (goingforfun / Flickr / CC / Cropped)
goingforfun / Flickr / CC / Cropped

A state appeals court in San Francisco deflated the hopes of a man who had filed a lawsuit against two motorcycling companies in 2012, after he suffered a several-days long erection from riding his 1993 BMW bike for two hours, by affirming an earlier judgement brought against the man, thereby dismissing the unique case.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the court found that Henry Wolf’s appeal “fails to comply with the rules of appellate procedure” by neglecting to cite the relevant cases or statutes to support his claims and it “contains no intelligible argument.” In addition to losing the case, Wolf was ordered to pay the defendants’ cost on appeal–a sum that will likely amount to tens of thousands of dollars.

The original suit claimed Wolf suffered from the erection for nearly two years. The original case was tossed in 2014 and Wolf’s appeal was rejected this past Tuesday in what the Mercury News describes as a 14-page decision laced with medical language.

Wolf had sued BMW North America and the seat manufacturer, Corbin-Pacific Inc. saying he suffered a case of acute priapism–a painfully long erection–in a suit that reportedly included references to Doppler ultrasounds, tumescence and aspiration of the corposa cavernosa.

The Sausalito-based lawyer who originally filed Wolf’s lawsuit, Vernon Lester Bradley, was reportedly suspended from the bar in 2013 over allegations he misappropriated more than $100,000 in client funds for a Tiburon real estate project. The Times notes that Bradley, who was in his 70s, died of natural causes this past May. blogger Jason Weisberger quipped: “A two hour ride on my motorcycle generally only leaves my hands hurting, however I do not have a Corbin seat.”

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