Lawyers for ABC News are asking to have a defamation lawsuit against the company filed by B-P-I transferred from circuit court to federal court.
Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News Inc. for defamation over its coverage of their lean finely textured beef that critics dub "pink slime." The company alleges that the network created an inaccurate impression that the product is unsafe. B-P-I is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
The lawsuit was originally filed in circuit court in South Dakota's Union County in September. Lawyers for the broadcasting company want the suit moved to federal district court in South Dakota because it says the parties involved are from different states.
A lawyer for B-P-I didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.
A POLK COUNTY JUDGE HEARD ARGUMENTS IN DES MOINES WEDNESDAY REGARDING WHO WILL OPERATE SIOUX CITY'S GAMBLING CASINO.
PENN GAMING, WHICH OPERATES THE BELLE OF SIOUX CITY RIVERBOAT, FILED AN ACTION AGAINST MISSOURI RIVER HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT, THE BOAT'S NON-PROFIT LICENSE HOLDER, TO PREVENT THEM FROM PARTNERING WITH ANOTHER COMPANY ON A NEW LAND BASED CASINO.
MARK MONSON, CHAIRMAN OF MRHD, SAYS THE JUDGE IS CONSIDERING TWO MAIN THINGS:
MONSON SAYS THE GROUP IS CONCERNED OVER POTENTIAL HARM FROM NOT BEING REPRESENTED IN THE PENN GAMING-BELLE LAWSUIT.
THE SIOUX CITY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP IS A SUBSIDIARY OF WARNER GAMING WHICH IS PROPOSING A HARD ROCK CASINO AND HOTEL IN THE BATTERY BUILDING AT THIRD AND WATER STREETS.