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‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit Heads Back to State Court

pink-slime-1SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has moved a South Dakota beef processing company’s lawsuit against ABC News back to state court.

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News Inc. for defamation over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime.” The company seeks $1.2 billion in damages.

ABC argued that two of the companies listed in the lawsuit, BPI Technology Inc. and Freezing Machines Inc., are not true parties and the case should be thrown out.

But BPI argued the companies have a stake in the product called lean, finely textured beef. The product faced backlash last year after media reports depicted it as unsavory, causing retailers and schools to stop using it and BPI to close plants.

Judge Karen Schreier on Wednesday ordered the case back to state court.

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