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ABC: Settlement reached in 'pink slime' defamation lawsuit

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Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 10:59 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2017 11:21 AM ET

ABC says it has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a more than $1 billion lawsuit US against the network over its reports on the company’s lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.”

ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend says in a statement that the network has “reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers” of the product.

Beef Products Inc. says the settlement provides a strong foundation on which to grow the business.

The terms of the settlement announced Wednesday are confidential. BPI and its family owners say that the lawsuit was difficult, but necessary to start rectifying the harm suffered as a result of ABC’s reports on their product, which critics dubbed “pink slime.”

Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012, saying ABC’s coverage misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe and led to the closure of three plants and layoffs of roughly 700 workers.

ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend says the network throughout the case has maintained its reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about the product.

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