eef Products Inc. (BPI) a South Dakota meat processor’s sued ABC in a $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit. The trial pits big agriculture against big media. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) claims ABC, a unit of Walt Disney, defamed the company by calling its ground-beef product “pink slime.”
ABC failed to get the case removed to federal court and dismissed in summary judgment. The case is being tried in Elk Point, South Dakota, population 2,000, about 20 miles north of BPI’s headquarters.