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Sunday, 15 July 2007

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Evel Knievel before he could afford a bike

Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel filed suit last week against Harley Davidson for personal injury. According to papers filed in a Las Vegas court, Knievel claims the motorcycle manufacturer is responsible all the injuries he suffered during his decade-long career of stunt shows.

Harley Davidson responded to questions with a brief statement that "the Evel Knievel lawsuit has no merit," and asserting that the suit is far too late for any statute of limitations. Knievel's attorney, Dickie Dewey of Dewey Cheatham and Howe, said that the statute was tolled due to undiscovered defects in the bikes and also due to his client's "well-documented insanity."

Legal commentators were of mixed minds on the issue, with Gerry Spence saying "it's about time Harley got their due," and Greta Van Susteren criticizing the suit as baseless and "just plain silly." Roy Pearson, newly famous after his pants lawsuit against a dry cleaner, had little to say other than asking "why don't you people just leave me alone?"

The $1 billion figure sought by Knievel is based in part on pain and suffering, but also includes past and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost future income, along with punitive damages. He also blames these injuries for causing problems in his relationship with his son Robbie Knievel. Evel Knievel himself could not be reached for comment, said Dewey, as he is currently "in an undisclosed location to protect him from all the Harley fans who want to beat the living shit out of him. He learned his lesson after suing Kanye West."

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