logo BPIThe $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 …

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…