Some Muslims in metro Detroit are challenging how money will be divided from a tentative $700,000 settlement over complaints that McDonald's sold non-halal chicken advertised as halal at a Dearborn location.
The settlement, reached last month between McDonald's and two organizations, calls for about $275,000 to go the Huda Clinic, a Muslim health center in Detroit; $150,000 to go to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and $25,000 to go to a Dearborn Heights man who was the lead plaintiff. The remainder mostly would go to attorney fees.
Critics say the money should go instead to individuals who believe they ate non-halal McChicken sandwiches and McNuggets thinking they were halal, the Islamic equivalent of Jewish kosher.
"It should go to the people who were lied to, who were affected by it," said Hanadi Kesserouani, 23, of Dearborn. "Why should it go to groups that had nothing to do with this? We were the ones who were affected, not them."