McDonald’s and one of its franchisees have agreed to pay $700,000 to members of a Detroit-area Muslim community to settle a class action lawsuit alleging one of its local restaurants falsely advertised that its food is prepared according to Islamic dietary law. According to Fox News, the tentative settlement by McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. was reached Friday, and is expected to be finalized March 1.
The lawsuit alleged that a chicken sandwich purchased by Ahmed Ahmed in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald’s was not halal, or permissible for consumption according to specific Islamic dietary laws.
According to Ahmed’s attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, there are only two McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. that sell halal products. Both are located in Dearborn, Mich., home to one of the nation’s largest Muslim communities. About 150,000 Muslims of various ethnicities reside in the Detroit area.
Both Dearborn McDonald’s restaurants advertise halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches. Halal products, prepared according to specific requirements, must come from an approved provider. The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court in November 2011, alleges that the Ford Road restaurant sold non-halal products when it ran out of halal.
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