A Muslim man filed a $100 million lawsuit on Thursday against Little Caesars after he claimed that the pizza franchise had served him pepperoni made with pork, a food prohibited under Islamic law, the Detroit Free Press reported. In the complaint, Mohamad Bazzi said he had ordered halal pizza twice from the shop, and that the pizza boxes were labeled "halal," but he was still served with regular pepperoni.
According to Bazzi's attorney, Majed Moughni, said his client rushed to file the lawsuit on Thursday, the eve of Ramadan, so that other Muslims would not accidentally consume pork during the month-long 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."
Consuming pork, Moughni added, "is one of the worst sins you can do."
A spokeswoman for Little Caesars, Jill Proctor, however, described the claim as meritless.
"Little Caesars cherishes our customers from all religions and cultures, and the communities we serve are very important to us. While we can’t comment on pending litigation, we take this claim very seriously," she continued.
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Bazzi, who claims the pork mixup occurred twice beginning March 20, knew the pepperoni was made with pork because he used to work in a pizza shop and is familiar with the different types of pepperoni.
He also added that his wife could tell because she is a Catholic convert who grew up eating pork.
The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and fraud.
Moughni is seeking class-action status for the case.