Virginia Man Sues in New Hampshire

A northern Virginia man is suing a consultant he says put him in a painful pretzel hold during a demonstration at an executive training seminar in New Hampshire.

Thomas Krappweis of Oak Hill, Virginia, filed the lawsuit in New Hampshire. His suit claims says he was called onto the stage by executive trainer James Clawson during the seminar at the University of New Hampshire three years ago.

He says Clawson asked him to pretend to punch him in the stomach, and he complied. Then, according to the lawsuit, Clawson grabbed his arm, lifted it behind his neck, and twisted and bent him over.

The lawsuit says Clawson, a business professor at the University of Virginia, continued making comments while holding Krappweis in painful hold.

Krappweis tells the court he suffered permanent injuries.

Clawson was leading the conference for BAE Systems, where Krappweis worked.

Krappweis' lawyer, Kimberly Memmesheimer, of Barrington, would not comment on the suit yesterday and Clawson did not return messages left at his office and home in Virginia. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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