Sixteen customers of Moghul Express are suing the restaurant for serving them meat, against their religious beliefs as devout Hindus.
In August 2009, the customers went to the restaurant in Edison, NJ and ordered samosas from the menu. They told the waiter several times that they were vegetarians and asked if the dish contained meat and were told that it did not. According to the Star-Ledger, “there was no meat-filled samosa on the restaurant’s appetizer menu, and the court’s decision said the tray of pastries given to the group was labeled vegetarian.”
A lower court had previously dismissed the lawsuit, but now a New Jersey Appellate Court has decided that the suit can brought against the restaurant. According to the Huffington Post, the plaintiffs are suing for both “emotional and monetary damages.” They are also asking that the restaurant pay for a trip to the Ganges River, where they believe they can be cleansed of the “spiritual harm” done by eating meat, strictly forbidden according to their religion.
In 2009, McDonald’s paid a $10 million settlement after lawsuits were filed for inaccurately labeling their french fries and hash browns as vegetarian. “The lawsuits were filed on behalf of any vegetarian who ate McDonald’s fries after 1990. That was the year the company announced its restaurants would no longer use beef fat to cook fries and that only pure vegetable oil would be used.”