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. (BPI) regarding the 2012 media representations of lean finely textured beef (LFTB).

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.

To read more about the case, click here.


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