Beef company’s defamation lawsuit back in state with ‘veg libel’ laws

Beef Products, Inc. gained national media attention last fall when it filed the lawsuit against ABC News. BPI claims that ABC’s coverage of lean finely textured beef was unfair and led to the closure of three plants and loss of work for more than 700 BPI employees. Now the case is back in a South Dakota court and could once again, test local ag-gag laws.

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Beef products producer files defamation suit

Beef Products, Inc., a South Dakota producer of lean finely textured beef filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News in September seeking $1.2 billion in actual damages. The lawsuit is based on what BPI legal counsel called a “long-term, sustained, vicious attack” by ABC against BPI’s product.