McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. settled to pay $700,000 to be split by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and various lawyers for their negligence to properly serve Muslim customers according to the Islamic dietary laws. They came to the settlement on Friday, January 18th, to finally conclude a fairly long lawsuit that was filed back in November 2011 in Wayne County Circuit Court.
The lawsuit was filed after Ahmed Ahmed and his lawyer Kassem Dakhlallah conducted a search and discovered that the Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches that the McDonald's in question was selling to its customers were not "halal." For food to be halal it must meet Islamic requirements, which forbid the consumption of pork, and a prayer in God's name must be said prior to killing the animal that is going to be eaten. There are around 150,000 Muslims in that particular Detroit area, and after doing an investigation Ahmed and Dakhlallah discovered that the McDonalds began using non-halal food "on many occasions" after they ran out of stock of the halal meat.
Mr. Ahmed is very pleased with the settlement and his lawyer Dakhlallah praised McDonald's for their eagerness to settle the issue from the beginning.
"McDonald's from the beginning stepped up and took this case very seriously. They made it clear they wanted to resolve this. They got ahead of the problem."