Halal Food Co. Can't Access Seized Funds In False Ad Case

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 7:44 PM EST) -- An Iowa-based food company targeted by the federal government for allegedly selling mislabeled nonhalal food as halal has lost its bid to quash a warrant that enabled authorities to seize up to $1.7 million from its bank account.

U.S. District Judge Linda R. Reade rejected Midamar Corp.'s argument that the government's seizure of the funds caused a substantial hardship to Midamar and, consequently, that the court could order the government to release the $454,000 that has been seized so far.

"The court finds that Midamar has failed to prove that the government constructively seized the business," Judge Reade said in a...

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