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Dennis Kucinich Olive Pit Catastrophe Will Not See Trial


At a cafeteria for congressmen, Rep. Dennis Kucinich ordered a “sandwich wrap” in 2008, which he eventually deemed “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption” due to an unpitted olive inside that caused him to break a tooth and suffer a “loss of enjoyment.” This according to a lawsuit he filed only this month, reported first by Gawker, $150,000, “claiming negligence and breach of implied warranty.” Earlier this week, a Kucinich spokesman said “he has no comment other than to say this is a private legal matter,” but today he sent out an email to supporters: “This injury required nearly two years, three dental surgeries, and a substantial amount of money to rectify.” There’s a lot more!

Via Slate’s Dave Weigel:

When I bit into the olive pit, (unbeknown to me at the time), upon impact the tooth split in half, vertically through the crown and the tooth, below the level of the bone. Externally there was no evidence of a break. This was not about aesthetics. The internal structure of the tooth was rendered nonrestorable.Although the pain was excruciating, I shook it off and I went right back to work.

This tooth is a key tooth which anchored my upper bridgework. The injured tooth and the bone above it became infected. I took a course of antibiotics for the infection, had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics which caused me to have an intestinal obstruction and emergency medical intervention.

But fear not! His people worked out a settlement, and we’ll all get to forgo the pain of a drawn out trial:

The terms of the settlement are confidential; however, I feel that the defendants have responded fairly and reasonably. I don’t want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time, and will be making no further comment on this matter.

Read the rest of the in-depth email here:

Kucinich Settles in Olive Pit Incident [Slate]


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