Is BPI’s Lawsuit Of ABC News A Good Idea?

BPI, the main manufacturer of lean finely textured beef (LFTB), recently announced a $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News. BPI charges that ABC knowingly and recklessly published false statements to intentionally malign BPI and LFTB. This week’s online poll question is: “What do you think of BPI’s lawsuit against ABC News?”

Be sure to leave your thoughts on the topic in the comments section.

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Anonymous
on Jul 12, 2013

ABC proves point We dont care about people who can not afford Disneyland. Lets take their Meat away.Enjoy our Over priced Onions and potatoes no fruit to expensive and talk about toilet papper usage . Pass the ruffage...

Anonymous
on Dec 16, 2012

..yet, ppl continue to show up in droves at Mcdonald's and Disneyland(s), kids in tow. Just b/c big corps try to hide the truth, doesn't mean the truth is not available. Mcdonalds serves 1% of the world's population every day. Ya, they're really hurtin'. "Brand mascots" like Mickey, Ronald, and many more, are used in heartfelt or happy feeling commercials to make us feel love or kinship toward their brand... while the person inside the Mickey costume is overheating in the California, (or wherever), heat. It's time we stopped supporting these greedy low lifes.

Anonymous
on Nov 4, 2012

ABC's intent was to titillate viewers for ratings with disregard to BPI, their workers and the millions of consumers who eat ground beef. All those people suffered to varying degrees because ABC was disingenuous and totally selfish. Whether they win the law suit or not, Disney loses because a very valuable brand lost integrity with their customer base. The same families that visit the Magic Kingdom purchase hamburgers.

I wonder how Disney would like it if a competing "news" agency blitzed the media with stories about kids who were put at risk on rides in Epcot or got tummy aches at Typhoon Lagoon from possible food poisoning or the risk of animal transmitted diseases transported in the nasal passages of never quarantined guests from around the globe at the petting zoo in Animal Kingdom.

Anonymous
on Sep 25, 2012

I voted good idea, but I am not sure if BPI will win or not, but I am glad to see them fighting back and applaud them for it. They were needlessly destroyed by misinformation and misrepresenation and ABC should be held accountable.

Anonymous
on Sep 25, 2012

This comment section is bias, now i see why all the comments appear to back BPI, you don't allow any comments backin ABC!!!

Anonymous
on Dec 4, 2012

OHHHHH. You just got burned by the staff! Haha.

on Sep 25, 2012

We publish all comments that are presented respectfully.

Anonymous
on Sep 25, 2012

BPI should explain upfront what their products are. I personally would not want to eat the finely textured beef if given the option, as i think most people would. It's like the FTB is pre-cooked (to seperate the fat) then added back to raw meat, that doesn't sound good no matter what kind of spin you put on it... Give consumers the option of eating the FTB or other cuts of BEEF, i love my BEEF!!!

Anonymous
on Sep 25, 2012

I hope they win. News reporters need to have there their hands slaped for reporting for ratings and not reporting both sides of the story.Lets get back to reporting good news instead of harmful news each day.

Anonymous
on Sep 25, 2012

I want ABC to also buy school supplies, school lunch, winter clothing, shoes, Halloween costumes and Christmas presents for all the children of the nearly 700 people who are out of work because of the defamation of BPI. Reckless actions of a few have far reaching devestating effects. Way to strengthen the economy!

Anonymous
on Sep 25, 2012

ITGs about time people were held to a higher level of truthfulness and accuracy - I would like to see law suits against these political campaigns and activist groups too. If HSUS can sue Pork and Beef Boards, why don't we sue them for false advertising? Political campaigns seem to get away with the worst lies.

Anonymous
on Sep 23, 2012

One can not help but to think that from the comments you so far have recieved and here published all have been very favorable to BPI"s corporate interests. Would that be factually true or not? ---- beef producer & checkoff contributor

Anonymous
on Sep 23, 2012

When media run a falsified story that bankrupts companies and is harmful to ANY industry, that media source should be held responsible. If BPI wins this case (and I think they should), it could send a clear message to our liberal reporters to get their dang facts straight before running with a story!

Anonymous
on Sep 22, 2012

Fact: ABC gave a totally one sided view over and over again(knowing the facts) and it was bias against BPI. Fact: The owner Eldon Roth, owner of BPI is not in the public eye because few people like him(that's being nice. I'm one of the few on the like side) Fact: ABC intentionally with malice destroyed BPI for whatever reason.(Reason doesn't matter. Don't make it political) Hopefully BPI comes out with a judgement that will compensate them for their loses but I am skeptical.I would imagine out of court sealed settlement that we will never hear or see. $250 to $300 million sounds right. Time will tell.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

One can only hope that this does nothing to help boost ratings for the network. As with the infamous Oprah case, she garnered more viewers than any marketing scheme she could have devised.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

I think should they win that catlle farmers every where should follow suit and make an example of ABC cause I personally lost .35 cents a pound on my calf crop because of their slanderous lies

Anonymous
on Nov 4, 2012

God idea... And every buyer of hamburgers who paid more to buy it without LFTB.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

They must be sure that they do not lie in court. In Opra's trial the cattlemen were belived by the jury, until one of them was proven to be telling a lie while being on the witness stand and then the jury never belived any thing they said after that.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

But it's not an additive, any more than the trimmings used to make the ground product. It's just obtained by a process that doesn't use a knife. It's beef.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

We grow feeder calves as naturally as possible. No hormones, antibiotics unless they are sick. I feel that calling "pink slime" beef is not right. It gives a negative image to the industry. If it was labeled as an additive it might be accepted. Also I read today where Romney, Bain Capital, and Monsanto have been joined at the hip since the mid 1970's. No telling what happens if this is released.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

today's media willfully destorts issues to sensationalize those subjects they should be reporting as fact. they're intent is to slant all issues to improve their ratings.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

Raising the issue of inaccurate and malicious reporting is worth some expense.

Anonymous
on Sep 21, 2012

If there is any justice left in the judicial system we should win. However our court system demonstrates time and again money wins while justice is still putting on its shoes ! ( last phrase partly stolen from Mark Twain ).

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