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Michigan Muslims vs. McDonald's: Final deal expected in lawsuit

DETROIT – A judge is expected to finalize a $700,000 settlement between McDonald’s and members of Michigan’s Muslim community over claims a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised food as prepared according to Islamic law.

The hearing is set for Wednesday before Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald. She’s overseen the case and refereed objections from outside groups since a preliminary deal was announced in January.

Ahmed Ahmed, the Dearborn Heights man who represents plaintiffs in the class-action, claims he bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald’s but found it wasn’t halal.

The settlement calls for distributing the money to Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum and Ahmed’s lawyers.

Dearborn attorney Majed Moughni is among the objectors. He says the settlement doesn’t help those most affected.

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