ABC News used a conspicuous term to define the products of a South Dakota-based meat processor. The news agency referred to the end result of a processing activity as a “pink slime.” Lawyers of the Beef Products Inc stated that such a description was on the brink of bringing the entire business to a close.
Meat Processor Was Impaired by a 2012 ABC Reportage
On Monday, ABC News media received a lawsuit valued at $5.7 billion. The plaintiff is a meat processor company that was impacted by the way the news channel described its products. This event is expected to take large proportions. This is the first time since President Donald Trump categorized all media companies as sources of fake news that a large media organization received concerning accusations.
Specialists expect this case to last around eight weeks. Main allegations turned attention to a 2012 report that reporter Jim Avila presented. In this material, the ABC employee referred to Beef Products Inc. as a producer of “pink slime.” On top of that, the professional voiced out other errors regarding this company.
ABC Lawyer Proves the Presumably Calumnious Phrase Is Common
ABC News was quick to answer these injurious affirmations. Lawyer Dane Butswinkas works for the media organization. He declared that the presumably wicked phrase was actually a usual term five years ago. Records revealed that other professionals in the media industry used this term for 3,800 times. On top of that, all these entries date prior to the ABC report.
On the other hand, shortly after the Jim Avila presentation, the Beef Products Inc recorded 80% loss to $130 million. As a consequence, the company had no other choice than to shut down three of its four plants for meat processing. Lawyer Dan Webb presented a court these proofs that link the fall of the company to the ABC material.
“[…] it took ABC less than 30 days to severely damage the company.”
Nonetheless, Butswinkas counteracted this accusation by showing that the business was already short of loyal customers. BPI reports revealed that the company lost collaboration with major fast food chains before the controversial news reportage took place.
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