The South Dakota Supreme Court last week denied an April ABC News appeal of a March ruling to hear arguments in the defamation case brought by Beef Products Inc. regarding the 2012 media representations of lean finely textured beef.
BPI's $1.2 billion lawsuit against the network will now proceed to the discovery phase, reports the Sioux City Journal.
BPI filed suit against ABC in September, 2012, alleging that ABC launched a disinformation campaign that had an adverse effect on BPI's reputation, and used the term "pink slime" to describe the company's LFTB even after it had been provided factual information about the product.
Initial arguments regarding the ABC, BPI "pink slime" case were heard in December, 2013.
According to the American Meat Institute, lean finely textured beef is a USDA-inspected product that begins as a mixture of beef trimmings that are finely ground and then spun in a centrifuge to remove most of the fat, resulting in a product that is roughly 95% lean.
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