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ABC News Headed to Trial With Billions of Dollars on the Line

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Disney’s ABC News unit is facing the possibility of a hugely consequential jury trial in South Dakota after a judge there moved along a lawsuit alleging that the network defamed Beef Products Inc. in its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed ‘pink slime.’ BPI claims $1.9 billion in damage with the possibility the amount could be tripled if the plaintiff can prove ABC News knowingly lied about the safety of a food product. The judge did allow Diane Sawyer to escape the litigation as a defendant, something that ABC News points out in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter confirming the development.”

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