Is it defamatory to label “lean, finely textured beef” product “pink slime”? That’s what the lawyers for Beef Products Incorporated argue in their complaint against ABC News. The South Dakota-based meat giant, which was recently forced to suspend operations at its Amarillo plant, is seeking $1.2 billion in damages from the news organization.
In its 263-page complaint, the meat processor claims that ABC News launched a “month-long vicious, concerted disinformation campaign” against their product on March 7.
“It was a prolonged attack by one of the most powerful news organizations in the world,” the complaint states, perhaps dramatically. “Through a series of factual misstatements, repeated continuously during the campaign, Defendants knowingly misled