Slime Defamation Suit May Stick Against ABC

Mar 28, 2014

                              By DAVID LEE 

(CN) - A South Dakota beef producer may be able to prove a $1.2 billion defamation suit alleging that ABC News and Diane Sawyer portrayed its "lean, finely textured beef" product as "pink slime," a judge ruled. Union County Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering rejected 21 of 26 motions to dismiss on Thursday.

South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc., BPI Technology Inc. and Freezing Machines Inc. sued ABC, ABC News, journalist Diane Sawyer and others in September 2012.The beef producers claim the network ran a month-long "disinformation campaign" about its lean finely textured beef (LFTB) additive product that they claim is safe and has lowered the cost of beef for 20 years.

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