Judge: Ex-soldier suing Burger King over needles should pay sanctions for conference no-show

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A federal judge says a former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich should pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement conference.

Burger King filed a motion asking for sanctions against Clark Bartholomew because he didn't show up at last month's conference in Honolulu.

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The former Army sergeant's lawsuit says he was injured in 2010 when he bit into a Triple Stacker from a Burger King on a Hawaii base.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi ruled Thursday that attorneys' fees and costs are appropriate because Bartholomew defied a court order. Burger King also asked for a dismissal, but Puglisi says that would be too harsh.

Bartholomew has retired and lives in Chantilly, Virginia. His lawyers are considering an appeal.