Company to Take ABC News to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’ Label

Beef Products, Inc. sued ABC News for defamation over the network's reporting on the company's lean finely textured beef product. 
Fri September 14, 2012 7:10 pm
AP Photo | Beef Products, Inc.

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

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