Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Jim Avila

Disney, AIG head into arbitration on ABC’s settlement with BPI

A federal judge has ordered AIG Specialty Insurance Co. into arbitration with The Walt Disney Co. in a dispute about a $25 million liability policy held by the ABC television network, which Disney owns. Disney wants to tap ABC’s  insurance to partially offset its payout to Dakota Dunes, SD-based Beef Products Inc. (BPI). The payout is part of an out-of-court… 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

Jury trial begins today in BPI v. ABC on the saga of ‘pink slime’

ELK POINT, SD — A 12-member jury and four alternates, including 11 women and five men, are ready to hear opening arguments today in a $1.9 billion defamation trial scheduled to last eight weeks here at the Union County Court House. Five years in the making, the trial pits a locally based niche beef processor… Continue Reading

SD jury trial in BPI v ABC to start June 5, but without Diane Sawyer

ABC Broadcasting and on-air reporter Jim Avila are being ordered to face a Union County, SD jury over a $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. (BPI). ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, however, was released from the litigation over the Disney-owned network’s depiction of a beef product that came to be known as… Continue Reading

BPI drops some defendants from ‘pink slime’ civil action

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

‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit Gets Green Light for Trial As Product Demand Returns

Lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) is back, and the lawsuit one of its producers has going against ABC News is not going away. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. ABC tried to get the “disparagement of agriculture” lawsuit dismissed, and, when that failed, transferred it to U.S. District Court. That failed, too. Now the… Continue Reading