ABC News Urges Judge To Toss Out "Pink Slime" Defamation Suit

November 14, 2012

Should journalists be afraid to publish news about any controversy regarding food products? Lawyers for ABC News don't think so — and they moved in state court October 31, 2012, to dismiss a $1 billion defamation lawsuit by the makers of a product critics had dubbed "pink slime."

South Dakota meat processor Beef Products, Inc., had sued ABC, some of its anchors and correspondents, and a USDA microbiologist under South Dakota law. The company said it would oppose the motion to dismiss.