ABC News Attempts to Have $1.2 Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Them Thrown Out
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
The news network – ABC News who has been under fire over alleged “false and misleading and defamatory” statements that is best known as the “pink slime” case, is now pleading with a federal judge to have the file tossed out saying that it’s a threat to free speech.
The lawsuit was filed last September by Beef Products Inc. The company alleges that ABC News network unfairly characterized its finely textured beef product and referred to it as the newly coined term “pink slime” – which the network referred to on several occasions in a series of news stories.
On Wednesday, the network’s lawyers filed a memorandum in a federal court saying that its reporting of the product was constitutionally protected under the First Amendment.