Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Michigan Restaurant Group Settles “Class-Action Lawsuit” Alleging “False Advertising Of Halal Food Items”

“…(plaintiff’s) attorney alleged that after the restaurant ran out of Halal chicken, it sold non-Halal chicken…an investigation found that the restaurant had sold non-Halal food masquerading as Halal food “on Hospitality Industry Class Action Lawsuitsmany occasions.” The two filed a class action lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court in November 2011…”

McDonald’s and one of its franchises agreed to a $700,000 settlement in a lawsuit claiming that it falsely advertised some of its food as halal. Ahmed Ahmed, a Muslim man from Dearborn Heights, alleged that the chicken sandwich he ordered from the McDonald’s on Ford Road in Dearborn in September 2011 did not meet Islamic dietary standards, despite the franchise’s advertisements that it sells Halal chicken.

McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co, which owns the franchise, agreed on January 18 to pay the $700,000, which will be split between Ahmed, his lawyers, a health clinic in Detroit and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. McDonald’s and Finley’s deny any liability, but say the settlement is in their best interest.

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