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BPI v. ABC

Week 3: BPI continues case against ABC in defamation trial

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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

On its website beefisbeef.com, BPI has links to several videos showing some of its facilities and describing food safety practices.

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

On its website beefisbeef.com, BPI has links to several videos showing some of its facilities and describing food safety practices.

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

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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

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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

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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

Jury selection begins May 31 in Siouxland for ‘trial of century’

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The region where the borders of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska meet is called “Siouxland.” It has been ever since 20th Century novelist Frederick Manfred, who wrote the acclaimed “Lord Grizzly” and 21 other works of fiction,  came up with the area moniker. Were he still alive, Manfred would enjoy seeing Elk Point, SD,… Continue Reading

BPI drops some defendants from ‘pink slime’ civil action

Union County Courthouse in Elk Point, SD, is the location of the trial pitting Beef Products Inc. against ABC News. A community room in the basement of the courthouse had to be renovated into a new courtroom at a cost of about $100,000 because the other two courtrooms in the building were deemed to be too small to handle the trial.

ABC news reporters Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila and American Broadcasting Companies Inc. remain as defendants in $1.2 billion lawsuit brought by Beef Products Inc. in Dakota Dunes, SD.   However, the beef company that pioneered the product dubbed “pink slime” has agreed to drop its claims against ABC News Inc. and two former USDA… Continue Reading

BPI v. ABC scheduled for jury trial in June 2017 in tiny SD town

Union County Courthouse in Elk Point, SD, is the location of the trial pitting Beef Products Inc. against ABC News. A community room in the basement of the courthouse had to be renovated into a new courtroom at a cost of about $100,000 because the other two courtrooms in the building were deemed to be too small to handle the trial.

A tentative date of June 2017 has been set for the start of the jury trial in a South Dakota state court over the “pink slime” dispute known as BPI v. ABC. BPI sued ABC in 2012 after the network and its news division repeatedly called the Dakota Dunes-based company’s lean, finely textured beef “pink… Continue Reading