Judge Orders BPI Case Back to State Court13 June 2013
US - A US federal judge has sent the defamation case brought by Beef Products Inc against the broadcaster ABC back to the state court.
BPI Technology, Inc., Beef Products, Inc., and Freezing Machines, Inc. (collectively, “BPI”) filed a suit in September last year against the American Broadcast Companies, Inc. (ABC), ABC News, Inc., three ABC News reporters, and others for knowingly and intentionally publishing false and disparaging statements regarding BPI and the lean finely textured beef (LFTB) it makes.
Critics of the product referred to LFTB as “pink slime”.
BPI alleges that ABC and others launched a concerted disinformation campaign against the companies, which had a significant adverse affect on BPI’s reputation, as well as a significant negative financial impact on the companies.
BPI is reported to be seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
BPI maintains because of the criticism, sales declines and plants had to be closed costing the loss of 700 jobs.
ABC had wanted the case heard in a federal district court in South Dakota, but now US District Judge Karen Schreier ordered the case back to the circuit court in Union County.
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