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…

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…

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…

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

Elk Point population sign credit Dan FlynnELK 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.…

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…

siouxland_406x250The 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,…

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Union County Courthouse, Elk Point, SD

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…

Consumers are becoming increasingly wary of what they didn’t know about their food; more concerned that food processors might be intentionally hiding things from them. A story published by Forbes in fall 2015 pointed out the dangers of not being upfront. They asked processors that frightening question: “What did you know and when did you…