McDonald’s pays $700k to US Muslims for false halal food
McDonald’s has paid $700,000 to
members of a U.S. Muslim community in Michigan after one of its
franchise restaurants falsely advertised its food as prepared in
accordance with Islamic law, or halal, a media report said.
A judge has finalized a $700,000 settlement between McDonald’s and
members of Michigan’s Muslim community over claims a Detroit-area
restaurant falsely advertised food as prepared according to
Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald gave the OK at a
She’s overseen the case and refereed
objections from outside groups since a preliminary deal was
announced in January.
Ahmed Ahmed, the Dearborn Heights
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 wasn’t halal.
The settlement calls for
distributing the money to Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic,
Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum and Ahmed’s lawyers.
Dearborn attorney Majed Moughni is among the objectors. He said
the settlement doesn’t help those most affected.
He argued that the clinic is several
miles (kilometers) away from the restaurant and the museum has
nothing to do with halal food.
There are only two McDonald’s in the
United States that sell halal products and both are in Dearborn,
which has one of the largest U.S. Arab and Muslim communities.
Overall, the Detroit area is home to
about 150,000 Muslims of many ethnicity.