Attorney drops lawsuit over choking on Popeyes chicken


GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi attorney has dropped his lawsuit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he says he choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru.

Paul Newton Jr. of Gulfport tells The Sun Herald on Thursday that he decided not to pursue the matter further citing “extreme comments” directed at his family.

Newton said the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork. The lawsuit said that because Newton didn’t receive a plastic knife, his only option was to hold the piece of chicken with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke.

The lawsuit said Newton underwent emergency surgery to remove the piece of chicken from his throat.

“I continue to believe that the facts demonstrate an unsafe condition to the public that could easily be solved by the responsible parties at very little cost,” Newton said in a statement sent to the newspaper. “I am hopeful that my filing of the court proceeding results in such remedial actions. However, due to extreme comments directed to me and my family, I have determined not to pursue this matter further.”

Along with knives for all drive-thru customers’ orders, Newton also sought financial compensation and punitive damages from several defendants

Renee Kopkowski, Popeyes’ vice president of Brand Communications, said in an email that the company doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.

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