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Saturday
Jan292011

Kucinich Settles Olive Dispute for Undisclosed Sum

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich says that he has reached a settlement in his suit against four vendors that service a congressional cafeteria where he suffered a cracked tooth after he bit into a sandwich containing an unpitted olive in 2008.

Kucinich, who filed the suit Wednesday seeking $150,000 in damages, said the terms of the settlement are confidential, but he believes the defendants responded “fairly and reasonably.”

“The parties have exchanged information and after some investigation and discussion have resolved the matter for an amount all parties believe reflects the actual out-of-pocket expenses related to this incident,” Kucinich, D-Ohio, said. “I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time.”

Kucinich, who has twice sought the Democratic nomination for president, says the injury required three dental surgeries over the course of two years and cost a substantial amount of money to rectify. According to Kucinich, his health insurance and dental insurance did not cover the expenses of the injury, which affected his “ability to chew food properly.”

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Wednesday said that Kucinich suffered "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries" in the incident and asserted that the tainted sandwich wrap was “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption, in that it was represented to contain pitted olives, yet unknown to plaintiff contained an unpitted olive.”

Kucinich, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 and 2008, bought the sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria on April 17, 2008, according to the complaint.

Before settling, Kucinich was seeking $150,000 in damages, plus interest and costs, from Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria, and three other businesses that stock and help run the operation.

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Thursday
Jan272011

Kucinich Suing Congressional Cafeteria for Unsavory Olive

Photo Courtesy - Kucinich[dot]house[dot[gov(WASHINGTON) -- It's not necessarily because the food is no good there, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich is suing four venders that supply the congressional cafeteria because he bit into a sandwich wrap containing an unpitted olive, resulting in a cracked tooth for the Ohio Democrat.

When asked whether he could confirm or comment on the suit, a spokesman with Kucinich, D-Ohio, told ABC News "no comment, sorry" and abruptly ended the phone call.

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia says Kucinich suffered "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries" in the incident and asserts that the tainted wrap was “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption, in that it was represented to contain pitted olives, yet unknown to plaintiff contained an unpitted olive.”

The complaint further states that Kucinich “could not visually detect” the unpitted olive prior to consumption.

Kucinich, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, bought the sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria on April 17, 2008, according to the complaint.

The complaint also says that Kucinich “sustained serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgery and oral procedures”  and claims Kucinich has sustained other damages, “including significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment.”

Kucinich is seeking $150,000 in damages, plus interest and costs, from Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria, and three other businesses that stock and help run the operation.

Andrew Young, Kucinich's lawyer who filed the suit, said that the firm -- Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy in Cleveland, Ohio -- is not releasing any immediate comment except to say that this is a personal matter and that the firm does not want to have the case litigated in the press.´╗┐

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