A Wayne County judge today tossed out a lawsuit filed against Little Caesars Pizza alleging that pork was sold as “halal pepperoni” at one of its Dearborn locations, according to court documents provided by an attorney for the pizza company.
Michael Huget, an attorney representing Little Caesars Pizza, said that Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Susan Hubbard granted the pizza chain a summary disposition — or a motion to dismiss via the court rather than by a jury — in a case brought against the pizza company by Dearborn resident Mohamad Bazzi in May.
A second lawsuit involving different plaintiffs making the same allegations was allowed to proceed.
Majed Moughni, the attorney for Bazzi, said an appeal is being considered because the judge may have made a judicial error in not letting the complaint be amended a third time to prove that there was a cause of action.
In an e-mailed statement sent by Huget on behalf of Little Caesars, the company said it will file counter claims to protect the company against “frivolous actions.”
“Little Caesars is extremely pleased with the court’s complete dismissal of this meritless claim,” the company said in the statement.
On the eve of Ramadan, Bazzi filed the complaint saying he twice ordered halal pizza from the Little Caesars on Schaefer in Dearborn.
He alleged that the boxes were labeled “halal,” but that the pies inside were topped with regular pepperoni made with pork, a food prohibited under Islamic law. Bazzi is Muslim.
Moughni said that in the past week, it was discovered via calls from customers that Little Caesars is no longer selling halal pepperoni and that the halal pepperoni signs at the Schaefer Road location had been removed.
Huget said that according to his client, the “halal pepperoni” sign that has been in the window of the Dearborn store has been taken down because “they are presently out of stock” of halal pepperoni.
“The victory is that’ve conceded that they’ve been defrauding the community for a number of years, that they’ve removed the halal sign, and they removed the pepperoni from their stores,” Moughni said.
According to the court documents provided by Huget, Hubbard denied Little Caesars Pizza’s motion for a summary disposition today in a second case also alleging the company sold pork pepperoni as “halal.” That case involves plaintiffs Ali Bazzi and Michelle Meade and is also being represented by Moughni.
“Our next step is to uncover the truth, and the truth is … they’ve been negligent and reckless,” Moughni said.
Is the second legal jihadist Ali Bazzi related to the first legal jihadist Mohamad Bazzi? Or is it just a coincidence they share a last name, a lawyer and are suing the same company for the same reason?
Here’s the lawyer from a prior Creeping Sharia post.