A Detroit-area judge will decide whether or not to ban one man’s Facebook posts that criticize McDonald’s class action settlement with members of the area’s Muslim community.
The $700,000 settlement adresses a local McDonald’s location that had allegedly sold non-halal meat to Muslim customers after advertising that the meat met the dietary requirements, as well as another store location in the area.
Ahmed Ahmed of Dearborn Heights had brought the case against McDonald’s Corp. and Finley’s Management Co. to his attorney Kassem Daklallah in 2011 after purchasing a chicken sandwich that he believed was not prepared according to Islamic law.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said,”McDonald’s has always been committed to our customers and the communities we serve, including our guests in Dearborn, Michigan. All parties involved concluded that the best resolution of this matter was to provide support to organizations that also serve and benefit the local community. The two worthy causes, selected because of their service to the community, are the local free health care clinic, The Health Unit on Davidson Avenue, Inc. (HUDA) and the expansion of educational programs at the Arab American National Museum.”
Ahmed and the lawyers involved in the case will also share in the settlement, according to the Associated Press.
When the proposed settlement was first announced, Dearborn resident and lawyer Majed Moughni criticized McDonald’s on Facebook for failing to award damages to the other customers who had unwittingly purchased the non-halal meat.
In February, Moughni was asked to remove his Facebook posts and other communication on the grounds that his posts contained legal inaccuracies and could mislead Facebook users into thinking that he was involved with the settlement.
Representatives from the non-profit organization Public Citizen will appear in court today on his behalf, arguing that removing the comments would violate the First Amendment.
If Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald agrees, the public comment period will last an additional 28 days, according to CBS.
Added the McDonald’s spokesperson, “We plan to repost notice of the settlement to ensure that all potential class members are given every opportunity to evaluate their options.”
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