Skip to comments.McDonald's to pay $700,000 in halal lawsuit
Posted on 01/22/2013 1:31:08 PM PST by NYer
"There was no evidence that the chain set out to deceive customers." So why the $700,000 payout?
Pamela Geller asks: "So meat producers in the US who are selling unlabeled meat that is halal should be the target of a multi-million dollar lawsuit, no?"
And David Wood observes:"Some Dearborn Muslims may have been given non-halal chicken at McDonalds. It could have been worse, however. They could have been thrown in jail for answering questions, as we were at the 2010 Arab Festival. But apparently what happens to Christians doesn't matter in Dearborn."
"McDonald's settles Mich. suit over Islamic diet," by Jeff Karoub for the Associated Press, January 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.
McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers.
Ahmed's attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he's "thrilled" with the preliminary deal that's expected to be finalized March 1. McDonald's and Finley's Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests.
The lawsuit alleged that Ahmed bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald's but found it wasn't halal meaning it didn't meet Islamic requirements for preparing food. Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God's name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered.
Dakhlallah said there are only two McDonald's in the United States that sell halal products and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the nation's largest Arab and Muslim communities. Overall, the Detroit area is home to about 150,000 Muslims of many different ethnicities.
The locations advertise that they exclusively sell halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches and they have to get those products from an approved halal provider, Dakhlallah said. He said there was no evidence of problems on the production side, but he alleges that the Dearborn location on Ford Road sold non-halal products when it ran out of halal.
Dakhlallah said he was approached by Ahmed, and they conducted an investigation. A letter sent to McDonald's Corp. and Finley's Management by Dakhlallah's firm said Ahmed had "confirmed from a source familiar with the inventory" that the restaurant had sold non-halal food "on many occasions."
After they received no response to the letter, Dakhlallah said, they filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court in November 2011 as part of a class action.
The AP left messages Monday afternoon for attorneys representing the corporation and the franchise.
In the settlement notice, Finley's Management said it "has a carefully designed system for preparing and serving halal such that halal chicken products are labeled, stored, refrigerated, and cooked in halal-only areas." The company added it trains its employees on preparing halal food and "requires strict adherence to the process."
He said although Ahmed believes McDonald's was negligent, there was no evidence that the chain set out to deceive customers....
The following is a description (slightly modified) from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat. Link
As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness.
At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs [Europe, Australia, USA and Japan]. Six percent of US prison inmates are Muslim. Like any other minority, they wont integrate, but work to build their own separate community.
From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. South Africa's Muslim population is 2%, but they control 35% of the businesses, a large percentage of the banks and have five Cabinet seats while Christians (77% of the population) have none.
They will push for the introduction of halaal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves (along with threats for failure to comply).
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia; Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world, but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. (Ei: car-burnings in France last October.) Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats.
After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning (India, Mindanao, Philippines).
At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare [Indonesia].
From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya (infidel tax). (Sudan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Egypt).
After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide [Western Papua (New Guinea), Iran, Biafra, Turkey and North Nigeria].
100% will usher in the peace of "Dar-es-Salaam" - House of Peace - as in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen.
Oh wait, they're mudslimes. Nevermind.
The muslim extremist infestation in Detroit needs to be wiped out before it spreads and kills the rest of the country.
The Muslim invaders will win over us not by ‘arms’ but by lawsuits.
Would you like some fries with your Halal goat meat?
Get out of our country!!! Of course that guy will end up getting enough money to by a Happy Meal after the Museum and Lawyers get their cut.
McDonald’s should just DOUBLE the price of all HALAL prepared food to pay for the extra expense meeting all the ‘requirements’.
Imagine the insanity of requiring the guy that hits the cows in the head with a sledgehammer being forced to invoke the name of GOD, each and every time he swings.
As a stockholder I oppose this extortion and I will let the Board of directors know that at the next shareholders meeting they will meet with resistance to their re-election.
We need to make sure we are not served this meat. It is against my religion. As a Christian I only eat kosher meat.
Hell’s bells. McD should post NOT HALAL at their door and let the goat fornicators dine elsewhere
Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God’s name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered.
I am deeply offended that this article used a Capitol G in spelling God when it is referring to Allah.
In fact they could have just shouted “crap” before cutting the chickens head off and they would have been Halal.
BS. I wouldn’t pay them one red cent. They don’t like the food, go elsewhere. What’s so hard about that?
Everywhere islam goes they start making demands about the food to get the food preparation jobs .
It’s like instant unionization for them .
Had no idea McDonald’s was serving hallal anywhere in this country and I won’t take any chances accidentally consuming any by eating at any of their restaurants again.
McRibs: Sending Muslims to Hell since 1982!!!
>>>Had no idea McDonalds was serving hallal anywhere in this country and I wont take any chances accidentally consuming any by eating at any of their restaurants again.>>>
I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s since I learned they support Planned Parenthood.
It may surprise you to know that this community has existed for more than a century. Like in the Middle East, they exist side by side with christian immigrants from that same part of the world. The difference, of course, is that the christians fled persecution from their Muslim oppressors. Essentially, the current generation of MI muslims, were born and raised in the US of A. Hence, the notification I posted above about the long term vision of Islam, worldwide. Up until now, there were NO complaints about halal foods. That tells me that the community has now grown to the point where they can move on to the next level. Look at the growth of Islam in Europe. We are next.
“Halal” means your food source is slaughtered with more reverence than an infidel...
“BS. I wouldnt pay them one red cent. They dont like the food, go elsewhere. Whats so hard about that?”
They specifically told customers that they had Halal food, then (allegedly) served them non-Halal food instead. Leaving the Islam issue aside, they (again, allegedly) lied to their customers, and their lie induced people who wouldn’t otherwise have eaten there to do so. Assuming the facts are as alleged, that’s fraud. Fraud undermines markets, and “don’t like the food, go elsewhere” is not an answer to fraudulent behavior.
Refuse to eat halal meat, as it is sacrificed to “allah” as the throat is slit.
See your Bible regarding eating things sacrificed to other gods.