Airhawk vs Wild Ass Lawsuit – Wild Ass Files Motion To Dismiss In US Federal Court

lawPR From Wild Ass.

“In April 2016 Wild Ass, a manufacturer of high quality motorcycle air seat cushions, was sued in US Federal Court in California by the new owner of Airhawk, Don Mahoney, for alleged design patent infringements and other false accusations.  Further to this lawsuit in May 2016, Airhawk  promoted the lawsuit with a press release which contained additional false information about Wild Ass products. Wild Ass, with worldwide sales and distribution offices, was founded by Americans Craig Johnson and Scott Parman, who were  senior Airhawk sales managers prior to the Airhawk brand being purchased by Don Mahoney in 2015. Wild Ass strongly denies this baseless lawsuit and is aggressively defending itself. Consequently, Wild Ass recently filed a motion to dismiss all of Airhawk’s false claims in the US Federal Court in California and is confident the court will rule in favor of Wild Ass.

1smartairgelAccording to Wild Ass co-founder Scott Parman, “This appears to be a desperate, frivolous lawsuit initiated by the new Airhawk owner in order to eliminate competition and deprive US motorcycle riders of a real choice. One reason for this lawsuit might have to do with our material selection. Wild Ass offers high quality motorcycle cushions in polyurethane,  a new polyurethane with gel combination, as well as medical grade neoprene rubber. Historically, medical grade neoprene cushions are extremely popular in the US because of neoprene’s  superior elasticity. Air hawk cannot offer the consumer this choice of materials because Airhawk only manufacturers cushions made of polyurethane. Additionally, Airhawk may want to eliminate  competition  because of price. Wild Ass’s top of the line polyurethane Smart and Sport models retail for $99.99 while Airhawk’s newest polyurethane models are advertised for $149.99.

2smartliteAs for Wild Ass’s alleged patent infringements, the lawsuit did not  describe how  Wild Ass designs infringed upon Airhawks patents. This is understandable because Wild Ass designs are markedly different from Airhawk’s.  Perhaps even more disturbing is Airhawk does not  produce and market the designs they allege Wild Ass infringed upon. Airhawk’s May press release even states Wild Ass products are made in China. In fact, Wild Ass products are not made in China, and the country of origin is clearly written on both our packaging and product for anyone who takes the time to look. Therefore, we can only conclude that once again Airhawk is intentionally making false statements to deceive the public, or it did not even bother with minimal research before running to Federal Court to slow Wild Ass down .”

3smartclassicWild Ass co-founder Craig Johnson added, “All we ever wanted to do is manufacture great products at a fair price and back it with first class service. We have already accomplished this with our variety of materials and have definitely raised the bar in the industry. I have worked in the Powersports industry for 19 years and developed a solid reputation for being highly ethical and welcoming fair and honest competition. So on some level I should actually thank Airhawk for getting our name out to the motorcycle community. It’s unfortunate Airhawk has decided to try to keep us out of the market but our increased sales due to their press release publicity proves the consumer wants a choice. I should also thank our distributors and dealers worldwide for giving their customers a choice. We won’t let them down”.

Parman went on to say “ Our unique designs, variety of materials, fair prices and honest  business ethics are first class and we are confident the court will rule in our favor. We welcome any questions, comments or even criticisms from the US motorcycle community. Comments are welcome on this articles comment page, blog page, Facebook  at Wild Ass Motorcycle Cushions.

About Wild Ass

Wild Ass is exclusively distributed in the USA by Tucker Rocky Distribution and Biker’s Choice.

The Wild Ass motorcycle air seat cushion was designed using clinically proven medical seating technology. The Wild Ass cushion eliminates painful pressure points and promotes blood circulation by utilizing adjustable interconnected air cells which conform to the riders shape regardless of weight or seating position. Additional benefits are reduction of shock and vibration to reduce lower back pain and air circulation under the rider to disperse heat and perspiration. Wild Ass is recommended for motorcycle riders who would like reduction of painful pressure points, increased blood circulation, reduced vibration, shock absorption, heat and moisture reduction in the seating area and greater overall seat comfort while riding a motorcycle.

9 Responses to “Airhawk vs Wild Ass Lawsuit – Wild Ass Files Motion To Dismiss In US Federal Court”

  1. 1 Dan Martinez Jul 6th, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Enriching the lawyers…

  2. 2 SIGFREED Jul 6th, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Any bets how many times the word ASS will be said in court – should be highly entertaining…

  3. 3 Blackmax Jul 6th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Yep !!!
    Can’t wait !!!

  4. 4 bigitch Jul 6th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    who thought of the idea and who’s the name on the patent. maybe Mahoney bought the rights to the patent when he got the company.

  5. 5 calif phil Jul 7th, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Where are the W.A. cushions made?

  6. 6 beetlejuice60 Jul 7th, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Box says made in Korea

  7. 7 calif phil Jul 7th, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I guess I will stick with selling the USA made Airhawk.

  8. 8 Steal Your Face Jul 7th, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I have never sold one of these in the 15 plus years of running an Indy shop. Not that no one uses them, but wow, these guys sure hate each other.

  9. 9 L Egan Jul 11th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I have an Airhawk and I LOVELOVELOVE it for touring. Makes 8 hours on the bike feel like 1. HAPPY HAPPY tushy. Haven’t yet seen Wild Ass brand pads but that press release — written by WA — doesn’t really constitute NEWS. News is unbiased and without editorial. Read with a discerning eye.

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