Dearborn, MI, United States (4E) – McDonald’s and a franchisee are paying $ 700,000 to settle a lawsuit arising from the sale of non-halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches to Muslim customers in 2011.
The settlement agreement was reached Friday between the fastfood chain and Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed , who sued after learning that a chicken sandwich he bought at a Dearborn McDonald’s in September 2011 was not halal or not prepared according to Islamic requirements.
Muslims are forbidden to eat pork, while not forbidden meat should come from animal slaughtered following a Muslim ritual.
Ahmed is expected to get $ 20,000 from the settlement while the Huda Clinic in Detroit will get $ 275,000, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn about $ 150,000 and the attorneys, $ 230,000, according to Ahmed’s lawyer, Kassem Daklallah.
The only two McDonald’s outlets in the U.S. that advertised to sell halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches are in Dearborn, home to the largest Muslim population in the country. Ahmed alleged that the outlet on Ford Road sold non-halal products when it ran out of halal in September 2011.
Ahmed and Daklallah conducted an investigation and confirmed that the restaurant had sold non-halal food “on many occasions.” They complained to McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. but got no response prompting Ahmed to file the lawsuit.
McDonald’s and Finley’s Management denied any liability but agreed to settle because it is in their best interest. The settlement is to be finalized by March.
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