Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues over olive pit in his sandwich

File photo of Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the presidential campaign trail. He's standing on a chair with arms spread wide.

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is taking a legal stand against olive pits. (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/VictoryNH/Flickr)

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich on April 17, 2008, while dining in a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria, bit into a sandwich that contained an olive pit. This olive pit caused Kucinich dental damage. The damage was so immediate and intense that it prompted Dennis Kucinich to file a lawsuit in District of Columbia Superior Court on Jan. 3, 2011. Kucinich seeks $150,000 in damages.

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According to court documents filed by Dennis Kucinich, it was a sandwich wrap “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption” that caused $150,000 worth of injuries, pain and suffering. Rep. Kucinich’s congressional office filed the lawsuit, which seeks compensatory damages for “future dental and medical expenses” as well as “pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment,” reports The Cleveland Plain Dealer.  All producers and suppliers of the wrapped vegan sandwiches in question are accused of multiple counts of negligence and breach of implied warranty.

Dennis Kucinich raises sandwich negligence counts

Two counts of negligence and two counts of breach of implied warranty are named in the Dennis Kucinich sandwich lawsuit. Rep. Kucinich’s legal team seeks to prove before a jury that these companies were negligent in “serving unwholesome food unfit for human consumption,” particularly because the sandwich in question contained a “dangerous substance that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served.”

This alleged negligence, which will necessitate a Kucinich olive pit defense, is supposedly responsible for the congressman’s “serious and permanent” injuries. Dennis Kucinich, according to his lawyers, is entitled to but shall not be limited to past and future dental and medical expenses, plus pain and suffering.

Breach of warranty also filed

The food production and distribution companies named above are also being slapped with allegations of breach of warranty. This is because once such food is served, Dennis Kucinich’s legal team asserts that it is implied that the food is fit for human consumption.


Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Kucinich v. Restaurant Associates, Inc., et al

Sports Comet

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