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Corporate Defamation, The Pink Slime Lawsuit

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death

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8/31/2017
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ABC News got sued by a South Dakota beef processing company. The news report discussed something called ‘pink-slime’. They got sued in Union County, South Dakota.

In Disney’s current financial report a $177 million charge was incurred "in connection with the settlement of litigation.”

Were they one in the same? Probably. But can we say for sure? Nope.

You be the judge.

FORBES EXPLAINS

Perhaps it was because most people find the word “slime” unappetizing. Or, perhaps it was because it bore similarity with the pinkish ooze from Ghostbuster’s II. Whatever the case may be, Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) is on the verge of bringing its defamation case to jury trial against ABC for a series of news reports by Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila on BPI’s signature product, Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB). In its news report, ABC infamously, and perhaps wrongly, quoted several individuals who referred to LFTB as “pink slime,” and then used the terms in their own headlines – the March 7, 2012, report was titled “Pink Slime Meat Investigation – Do You Know What’s In Your Food?"

Prime Time For Pink Slime: BPI's Defamation Case Against ABC Heads To Trial

THE CLAIMS

(Reuters) - ABC News sought on Wednesday to move to federal court a meat processor’s defamation lawsuit over reports about lean finely textured beef, a product that critics have labeled “pink slime.”

Lawyers for the network filed to transfer the case, brought last month by Beef Products Inc, the leading producer of the product, from of a state court in South Dakota and to a federal court in the state.

BPI is seeking $400 million in compensatory damages for lost profit it says was caused by ABC’s reports. The damages could be tripled under South Dakota’s Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act. The company is also seeking punitive damages.

CONCLUSION

This lawsuit and settlement settled nothing. The public still doesn’t want to eat this product, no matter how rich the owners or how much money is paid. You can call it steak-like-nothing-you've-ever-eaten, or you can call it lobster-something-wonderful. It won't matter because it looks terrible. A mischaracterization in describing what the product is, says nothing about whether you should eat it. And, in my opinion, no way do I want to eat this product.

Other News:

ABC TV settles with beef product maker in 'pink slime' defamation case

ABC settles suit over what it had called 'pink slime' - Jun. 28, 2017



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