“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.

ABC News screen shot with burger“As permitted under the law of South Dakota, neither the court, the jury nor the public will be told the details…

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…

Referred to as the biggest defamation trial in U.S. history, the case of BPI v. ABC News opened Monday in the basement of Union County Court House in Elk Point, SD. Photo by Dan Flynn

ELK POINT, SD —It did not take long after Judge Cheryle Gering opened the BPI…

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.

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. Union County Courthouse in Elk Point, SD, is the location…