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McDonald's Settles $700,000 Lawsuit

McDonald's and one of its franchise owners will pay $700,000 to members of a Muslim community near Detroit to settle a lawsuit. A Dearborn Heights resident, Ahmed Ahemd, alleged that he bought a chicken sandwich from a local McDonald's but found that it was not halal, meaning it did not meet Islamic requirements for preparing food. Both of the McDonald's locations in Dearborn advertise exclusively halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches. A lawyer for Ahmed said that he "had confirmed with a source familiar with the inventory" that the restaurant sold non-halal food "on many occassions." McDonald's and Finley's management deny any liability but said the settlement is in their best interest.