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USA: McDonald’s Halal Lawsuit Settled In Michigan

17/4/13  news.sky.com

A Detroit-area McDonald’s is accused of falsely advertising foods as prepared under strict Islamic law.

McDonalds burger and friesThe McDonald’s chain agreed to settle the lawsuit in January

A judge has finalised a $700,000 settlement between McDonald’s and members of a Muslim community over claims a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised food as prepared according to Islamic law.

Ahmed Ahmed, the Dearborn Heights, Michigan, man who represents plaintiffs in the class action, claims he bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald’s but found it was not halal.

Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God’s name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered.

The settlement calls for distributing the money to Mr Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum and Mr Ahmed’s lawyers.

Dearborn attorney Majed Moughni is among the objectors. He says the settlement does not help those most affected.

The settlement was originally set to be finalised on March 1, but Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald extended the public comment period after pressure from Mr Moughni.

The lawsuit technically covers anyone who bought the halal-advertised products between September 2005 and January from the restaurant and another McDonald’s in the city with a different owner.

There are only two McDonald’s in the United States that sell halal products and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the nation’s largest Arab and Muslim communities. Overall, the Detroit area is home to about 150,000 Muslims of many ethnicities.

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