By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich says he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work.
Clark Bartholomew's lawyers say Burger King isn't making good-faith efforts to settle. The lawsuit says Bartholomew was injured when he bit into a Triple Stacker from a Burger King on a Hawaii base. The retired Army sergeant now lives in Chantilly, Virginia. He says in a declaration filed this week he recently began working as a U.S. Park Police dispatcher and couldn't take time off.
It's the latest in a squabble between the parties about who is to blame for failed settlement negotiations.
Burger King wants a dismissal, a fine and attorney's fees because Bartholomew didn't attend the Sept. 10 settlement conference.