'Pink Slime:' BPI And ABC Square Off In Hearing
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
December 17, 2013 7:05 PM
Pink Slime, a term media outlets including ABC used in the spring of 2012 to describe lean finely textured beef ruffled plenty of feathers in the beef industry, including Beef Products Incorporated a corporation based out of Dakota Dunes.
Now, BPI, along with two other companies, is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion on defamation.
ABC wants the defamation case thrown out of court, saying the phrase ‘pink slime’ is just a way to describe BPI's product. And that in every story where safety was in question, ABC always mentioned that lean finely textured beef was a safe product.
But, lawyers for the Dakota Dunes organization say that there is plenty of evidence that could back up a full blown civil case, saying that ABC continued to spread false information even after BPI and other organizations provided them accurate information.
ABC also wanted the two other companies suing the news organization to be removed from the docket, saying they're not the companies that produced the lean finely textured beef.
BPI Technologies and Freezing Machines Incorporated are also trying to sue ABC. And there attorneys say it takes all three companies to create the meat product.
After 4 hours judge Cheryle Gering said she will consider the arguments and write her decision down at a later date.