ABC News Asks Federal Court to Dismiss BPI Lawsuit


first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News ABC News Asks Federal Court to Dismiss BPI Lawsuit ABC News Asks Federal Court to Dismiss BPI Lawsuit ABC News has asked a South Dakota federal court to dismiss claims it defamed Beef Products Inc. through reports about lean finely textured beef – labeling it pink slime. BPI initiated the lawsuit in September – and ABC News says the company is seeking to inhibit free speech, challenging the right of a news organization to explore matters of obvious public interest. BPI – the nation’s largest producer of LFTB – is seeking 400-million dollars in compensatory damages for lost profit it says was caused by ABC’s reports. The news organization defends its use of the term pink slime – saying it’s the sort of loose, figurative or hyperbolic language courts recognize demands protection under the First Amendment. BPI Lawyer Erik Connolly says the plaintiffs will oppose the dismissal motion because they believe the complaint sets forth valid claims.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 1, 2012 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleSeed Consultants Marketwatch 10:25 update with Gary Wilhelmi 11/1/2012Next articleProminent Businessman and Ag Supporter to Speak at IFB District 10 Meeting Andy Eubanklast_img

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