'Pink Slime' Lawsuit Gets Green Light
State supreme court allows suit against ABC to proceed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2014 6:36 AM CDT
This undated file photo provided by Beef Products Inc., shows the company's ammonia-treated filler, known in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef."   (AP Photo/Beef Products Inc.)

(Newser) – ABC's news anchor Diane Sawyer, two of the network's correspondents, and other defendants in a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against the company related to its coverage of a meat product known by critics as "pink slime" could be deposed following a ruling by the South Dakota Supreme Court. The state's high court yesterday denied a petition by the network and other defendants to review the case and largely dismiss it. The court also lifted a stay issued in April that had prevented the lawsuit's discovery process, including depositions, to begin. The court did not express an opinion as to the merits of the appeal.

Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages for the coverage of the meat product—the real name of which is "lean, finely textured beef." Dakota Dunes-based BPI said ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe. Attorneys for ABC in court have said the network in each of its broadcasts stated the USDA deemed the product safe to eat. They said BPI might not like the phrase "pink slime," but like all ground beef, it's pink and has a slimy texture. A South Dakota judge in March refused to throw out the lawsuit, leading ABC to file a petition with the Supreme Court.

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Ezekiel 25:17
May 25, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
Slime is very derogatory. I prefer to call the stuff pink floam. Its a derivative of the word loam which I had never heard until I purchased a Penn and Teller joke kit at Ballys several years ago. It had a page of fortune cookie inserts to replace with the real ones. One of the fortune cookies said, "Your meal was made with minimal glass shards and loam." The kit included a DVD of joke video gags to pull on your family or friends. It had a card trick based on a realty tv show where you timed the card reveal with an exact point of the video. The host holds up card and says, "Is it a queen of hearts." Another trick is the static rag. You put the DVD in the player while your home owner is out of the room. You hit play and now you are watching an old B&W movie that Penn and Teller bought the rights. You get to a certain point and you clean the tv screen. It messes up that part of the video and you do it again and it totally messes up the screen for the rest of the movie. You apologize that you failed to use a proper LCD tv cloth.
May 25, 2014 1:54 AM CDT
This is roughly the same thing hot dogs are made of, as well as bologna. Wake up and smell the by-products.
May 24, 2014 2:09 PM CDT
No lawsuits over here: http://www.newser.com/story/187106/its-a-blob-its-green-sherbert-no.html