food-lit-imagePerkins Coie has published its first Food Litigation Year in Review, covering key developments and trends in food litigation for calendar year 2016.  The Year in Review’s key insights include data-driven assessments of how (and where) the plaintiffs’ bar has continued its assault on the food industry in 2016. That data reflect the filing

A growing segment of US consumers is scrutinizing animal treatment and slaughter from an Islamic lens, while halal food consumption among the nation’s fast-growing Muslim population has become a ballooning enterprise in the United States and is now estimated at over $20 billion. 

This growing halal industry has been met with increased regulations and scrutiny

Following up on our previous posts, here, here, and here, on February 25, 2016, Bill Aossey, Jr., the Founder of Midamar Corporation, was sentenced to two years in prison for committing fraud in exporting beef products to Malaysia and Indonesia. Judge Reade’s sentence was significantly below the federal guidelines.

Mr. Aossey was

Following our previous post regarding the conviction of Midamar Corporation’s founder, Bill Aossey, brothers Jalel and Yahya Aossey, executives of Midamar Corporation, have entered plea agreements shortly before their jury trial was scheduled to begin on charges similar to their father.  Bill Aossey was found guilty in July 2015 on 15 counts of conspiracy, making

Following our previous post regarding Midamar Corporation allegedly selling mislabeled halal meat, a federal jury on July 13, 2015 convicted Bill Aossey Jr., the founder of Midamar, of 15 of the 19 charges that had been brought by prosecutors. Mr. Aossey was acquitted on the four counts of money laundering, but found guilty on charges

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has brought criminal charges against a company for allegedly selling mislabeled halal meat.

On October 23, 2014, federal prosecutors issued a 19-count indictment against William B. Aossey, founder and owner of Midamar Corporation, an Iowa company recognized as one of the pioneers in halal slaughter and distribution in