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Judge orders lawyer to remove Facebook comments over McDonald's lawsuit

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A Michigan judge has ordered a lawyer to remove some Facebook references to a case involving allegations that a McDonald's falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

The order by Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald barred Majed Moughni from discussing a tentative settlement in the case and ordered him to replace his critical posts.

"As an attorney, my strongest weapon in my tongue," said Moughni. "And when you take away my tongue, I'm helpless."

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Moughni wants others to share in the settlement. He says the order about Facebook posts violates free speech rights. "I can't communicate with any class members of the pending lawsuit which includes my family; my friends; my community; any of my clients."

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