Wednesday, January 24, 2018

KFC Franchisee Loses Right To Advertise Halal Chicken

In Lokhandwala v. KFC Corporation, (ND IL, Jan. 23, 2018), an Illinois federal district court strictly enforced the provisions of a franchise agreement and upheld KFC's policy of barring a franchisee from advertising that it sells Halal chicken. While KFC allowed the marketing of Halal chicken by plaintiff for 14 years, in 2016 or 2017 it revoked consent based on a 2009 company policy prohibiting franchisees from making religious dietary claims.  The policy was based on concerns about varying religious standards and compliance difficulties.  Courthouse News Service reports on the decision.