BPI Suit Against ABC News Moves Forward

A South Dakota state court judge ruled last week to allow most of Beef Products Incorporated's defamation case against ABC News to proceed. The judge didn't rule on whether defamation occurred - but that 22 of the 27 claims allow BPI to continue its case against the network and Jim Avila and Diane Sawyer. The judge says the entirety of the broadcasts can be reasonably interpreted as insinuating that the plaintiffs improperly sell a product that isn't nutritious or safe for the public's consumption. BPI is pleased with the Court's decision and looks forward to presenting its case to a jury.

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