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BPI v. ABC

Letter from the Editor: The mouse is making me feel queasy

Opinion

Between the time I first began working for a daily newspaper and today, we’ve seen media ownership become much more concentrated. Back then when 50 or 60 mostly family corporations owned most of the media outlets in the country, most journalists who worked for them were troubled even by that concentration for the families generated… Continue Reading

Looks like BPI got ABC’s insurance money plus $177 million

Disney files reports with SEC showing multi-million settlement in wake of 'pink slime' trial

The confidential settlement reached on June 28 between Beef Products Inc., and Disney-owned ABC News is not entirely a secret anymore. The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly financial filing with the Securities and Executive Commission (SEC) shows a charge of $177 million “net of committed insurance recoveries,” incurred in connection with a litigation settlement. Disney’s financial disclosures appear… Continue Reading

BPI settles with ABC over $1.9 billion defamation claim

“The case is settled,” Judge Cheryle Gering told the jury Wednesday morning, thereby making the first public announcement that BPI and ABC Television had settled the $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit in a confidential agreement. “As permitted under the law of South Dakota, neither the court, the jury nor the public will be told the details… Continue Reading

Disparagement trial begins week 4; ABC News stands ground

Network's lawyer asks Beef Products Inc. witness about 60% sales drop preceding ABC reports

The jury trial involving the South Dakota Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act continues today, beginning its fourth week of courtroom action in Elk Point, SD. Dakota Dunes, SD-based Beef Products Inc. (BPI) is suing Disney-owned ABC Television and reporter Jim Avila under the Disparagement Act for calling its beef product “pink slime” on more than… Continue Reading

Week 3: BPI continues case against ABC in defamation trial

The $1.9 billion state civil defamation trial pitting Beef Products  Inc. against Disney-owned ABC Television and reporter Jim Avila enters its third week today in Elk Point, SD. The 12-member jury and four alternates—11 women and five men—have so far heard only the live testimony or video depositions of plaintiff witnesses as BPI puts forward its… Continue Reading

Beef expert says Avila called, but wouldn’t listen to BPI details

Jury in 'pink slime' case sees video depositions from expert David Theno and ABC News producer

Video depositions are being heard during this second week of the $1.9 billion civil defamation trial in Elk Point, SD, that BPI hopes will cause the jury to believe ABC knew the reports it aired about lean finely textured beef being “pink slime” were not truthful. Beef Products Inc. sued ABC under the South Dakota… Continue Reading

ABC strikes back by churning up BPI’s earlier history

Meat packer has heavy burden of proof in $1.9 billion defamation case against network

ELK POINT, SD — It would probably not be accurate to say Professor Mindy Brashears speaks with a Texas twang or that ABC’s attorney Dane Butswinkas has a Richmond dialect, but the difficulty the two have understanding each other slowed proceedings on the fourth day of the $1.9 billion civil defamation trial against the network…. Continue Reading

Beef safety expert says ABC got it wrong, wrong and wrong

Texas Tech researcher testifies on behalf of BPI; says LFTB is beef not 'pink slime' and is safe

ELK POINT, SD – Mindy Brashears from Texas Tech University took the witness stand in the BPI v. ABC jury trial Wednesday. Under direct testimony, she was giving BPI a lot of traction, but that could change this morning when ABC’s attorneys get to continue their cross-examination. Professor Brashears is director of the International Center… Continue Reading

Changes in media practices figure in beef defamation trial

Meat packer's expert witness paid $1.8 million; says news reports swayed public opinion

ELK POINT, SD — Apple growers sued CBS News 28 years ago over just one segment on “60 Minutes” about the chemical Alar that aired on Feb. 26, 1989, and Texas cattlemen sued Oprah 21 years ago because she expressed her fears about Mad Cow Disease during just one of her programs in April 1996…. Continue Reading

How LFTB gained USDA approval disputed on first day of trial

ELK POINT, SD —It did not take long after Judge Cheryle Gering opened the BPI v. ABC civil defamation trial with a one-hour reading of jury instructions for the proceedings to head for weeds. The trial got underway Monday in the basement of Union County Court House, which was remodeled to accommodate the large number… Continue Reading