ABC News wants pink slime lawsuit moved to federal court
(Reuters) ABC News sought on Wednesday to canada goose uk outlet move to federal court a meat canada goose uk black friday processor defamation canada goose black friday sale lawsuit over reports about lean finely textured beef, a product that critics canada goose clearance sale have labeled Canada Goose Coats On Sale slime.
Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc. (BPI), (L), introduces the beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef, and the cuts from which it is made to from left to right: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, uk canada goose outlet Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, during a tour March 29, 2012, of the Beef Products Inc.’s plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska, where the beef product is made. REUTERS/Nati Harnik/Pool
Lawyers for the network filed to transfer the case, brought last month by Beef Products Inc, the leading producer of the product, from of a state court in South Dakota and cheap canada goose to a federal court in the state.
BPI is seeking $400 million in compensatory damages for lost profit it says was caused by ABC reports. The damages could be tripled under South Dakota Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act. The company is also seeking canada goose clearance punitive damages.
Neither Dan Webb, BPI attorney, nor a company spokesman could be reached buy canada goose jacket cheap for comment on Wednesday.
ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, said previously the lawsuit was without merit.
In addition to suing ABC News, South Dakota based BPI has also sued canadian goose jacket ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and two reporters who covered the story, Jim Avila and David Kerley. Department of Agriculture canada goose uk shop microbiologist credited with coining the term slime in a Canada Goose online 2002 email to colleagues later obtained by The New York Times.
Defendants sometimes prefer to canada goose coats on sale fight cheap Canada Goose lawsuits in federal courts where procedures Canada Goose sale are more standardized, rather than in state courts. Disagreements over where a lawsuit belongs can slow down a case in the early stages.
BPI is the nation largest producer of lean finely textured beef, a product used in ground beef that is made from trimmings and on which ammonia is used to remove potential pathogens.
In March and April, ABC aired a series of television reports on canada goose factory sale BPI product, raising questions about its quality and sparking a public relations furor that roiled social media, consumer advocates and the nation Canada Goose Parka beef industry. Department of Agriculture and industry experts say it is safe to eat.
BPI contends that ABC falsely and repeatedly characterized the product as an unsafe and unsavory slime in an effort incite and inflame canada goose consumers against it. The processor canada goose coats says the Canada Goose Jackets product is safe, healthy and percent beef.
The reports caused the company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, shut down Canada Goose Outlet three of its four plants and lay off roughly half of its employees, BPI said in its September 13 complaint.
In its court papers on Wednesday, ABC filed a removal notice cheap canada goose uk to shift the case from Union canada goose store County Circuit Court in South Dakota to the federal district court for Canada Goose Online the District of South Dakota, Southern Division.
Typically, if a party to litigation is successful in such a transfer, a case would proceed in the federal court system under federal procedural rules. If the case were to buy canada goose jacket https://www.topparka.ca go to trial, a federal judge and jury would hear it. Huffstutter in Chicago. Editing uk canada goose by Andre Grenon.