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Date: 06-29-2017

Case Style:

Beef Products, Inc. et al. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al.

Federal Courthouse - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Case Number: 4:12-cv-04183-KES

Judge: Karen E. Schreier

Court: United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (Minnehaha County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Erik Connolly, Terry Grimm, Dan Hartnett, Dan Webb and Nicole Wrigley

Defendant's Attorney: Kevin Baine, Dane Hal ButswinkasM, Steve Fuzesi, Shannon Falon, Scott Heidepriem, Jim McDonald, Carl Metz, Ron Parsons for ABC News, Inc.

Ed Evans, Bill Marler, Vince Roche and Elizabeth Hertz for Carl Custer and Gerald Zirnstein

Alex Hagen, Dan Twetten, Elizabeth Wang and Steve Sanford for Kit Foshee

Description: Sioux Falls, SD - Pink Slime Libel Case Settled

Beef Products, Inc. sued ABC on a libel theory claiming that The American Broadcasting Company allegation that Beef Products was producing "pink slime" was untrue. Plaintiff claimed that ABC misled consumers into believing that the product was unsafe, is not beef and is not nutritious.

ABC claimed that its publication was truthful (the only defense in a libel case).

The "finely textured" beef product is mixed with ground beef sold to the public to reduce fat content and is made from trimmings left after a cow is butcher.

Outcome: Settled for an undisclosed sum.

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Defendant's Experts:

Comments: Editor's Comment: Packing houses use every part of the cow except for the moo. Protein is protein and it is going to be consumed by some animal that might be able to convert the protein into energy. If you don't like thinking that you might be eating some "pink slime" in your burger. Don't think about it.

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