Muslim sues Little Caesars for $100 million over pork pepperoni

Little Caesars pepperoni pizza
Little Caesars pepperoni pizz (Flickr/marked for reuse)

On Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Mohamad Bazzi, a Muslim man in Dearborn, Michigan, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Little Caesars after he “accidentally” ate pork pepperoni.  According to the complaint, Bazzi ordered halal pizza twice from the Dearborn store. The boxes were labeled “halal,” but the pizzas were reportedly topped with regular pork pepperoni.

According to the Free Press:

Majed Moughni, Bazzi’s attorney, said he rushed to file the lawsuit Thursday, the eve of Ramadan, so no other Muslims would accidentally eat pork from the pizza shop during the holiday.

“It’s really upsetting,” Moughni said. “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.”

He added that for a Muslim, consuming pork is “one of the worst sins you can do.”

“This is a violation of the Muslim faith. You can’t be handing out pork, mislabeling it as halal and get away with it. This isn’t how America operates. A billion dollar corporation can’t get away with it,” he further said.

The Daily Caller added:

The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, claims that the first incident occurred back on March 20. Bazzi and his wife were in their home enjoying a Little Caesars pizza they’d picked up earlier. The couple was halfway finished with the pizza, the suit claims, when they suddenly realized they were eating pork pepperoni.

Bazzi’s wife says she knew the pepperoni was pork because she is a convert to Islam who grew up Catholic. Bazzi also has experience with pizza ingredients, he says, because he once worked at a pizza joint.

Bazzi and his unnamed wife — the converted Catholic — “became sick to their stomach” when they realized they were eating pork, the $100 million lawsuit says.

The waiting three days, they filed a complaint with the police, the Daily Caller added.

When Bazzi confronted the shop manager, the lawsuit says, she told him at one point that Bazzi had asked an employee to place a “halal” sticker on the box, a claim Moughni disputes. Bazzi, the Free Press said, secretly recorded the conversation.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and fraud and names Little Caesars Pizza, Little Caesars Enterprises and the employees of the local store as defendants.  In addition, Moughni is seeking a class-action status for the lawsuit.

The Daily Caller said that Moughni is no stranger to religion-related controversy, adding:

Around Easter 2014,  a Dearborn, Michigan attorney named Majed Moughni complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an “Eggstravaganza!” Easter egg hunt to be held at a Presbyterian church. Several local Muslim leaders and the pastor at the church denounced Moughni’s complaint about the Easter egg hunt. They also urged area Muslims to come to the “Eggstravaganza!” and have their children participate.

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