- The Washington Times - Friday, May 26, 2017

A Muslim man from Michigan is suing the Little Caesar’s pizza chain for $100 million, claiming that on two separate occasions he was sold pies topped with pork pepperoni, rather than the certified-halal meat he had asked for.

The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that Dearborn resident Mohamad Bazzi filed the lawsuit on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan — which begins at sunset Friday — because he wants to warn fellow Muslims to not order from the pizza chain.

“It’s really upsetting,” Mr. Bazzi’s attorney, Majed Moughni, said, the Free Press reported. “My clients want the public to know. Especially during Ramadan, it would be a travesty if Muslims … in Dearborn bought pizza from Little Caesars and discovered they were eating pork.”

In his lawsuit, Mr. Bazzi claims that the first time this happened, he and his wife accidentally consumed some of the pizza before realizing their error and ended up falling ill for a few days. 

For observant Muslims, eating pork is “one of the worst sins you can do,” Mr. Moughni, who is hoping to make the lawsuit eligible for class action, said, according to the Free Press.

For his part, Mr. Bazzi’s attorney seems to be an outspoken advocate for the local Muslim community.

In 2014, Mr. Moughni made headlines for complaining that local public schools were improperly endorsing the Christian religion after his children received fliers about a local church’s Easter egg hunt.

In February 2013, the personal-injury attorney was sanctioned by a local judge over comments he had made blasting a $700,000 out-of-court settlement reached with McDonald’s in a similar halal-food lawsuit. Mr. Moughni is reported to have felt the settlement enriched attorneys in the case but did little to help the parties injured, the Free Press said.

Judge Kathleen Macdonald reversed herself weeks later after mounting criticism from free-speech advocates, the Free Press reported at the time.


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