BPI gets ‘pink slime’ lawsuit back to state court
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday moved a South Dakota beef processing company’s defamation lawsuit against ABC News back to state court.
Beef Products Inc. sued American Broadcasting Companies Inc. and ABC News Inc. for defamation in September over its coverage of a meat product the company calls lean, finely textured beef but that critics dubbed “pink slime.” The meat processor claims the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and unsafe. BPI is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ordered the case back to the circuit court in Union County.
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