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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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