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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

It's another court victory for Beef Products Inc. (BPI) in their defamation lawsuit against ABC News.

The South Dakota Supreme Court has denied a petition by the network and other defendants to review the case and consider dismissing it. The court's decision means the case can proceed.

BPI is suing ABC for 1.2 billion dollars in damages related to the network's coverage of BPI's meat product called lean, finely textured beef (LFTB). In its news reports, ABC repeatedly referred to the product as "pink slime".

BPI says ABC's coverage mislead consumers into believing their product is unsafe. The controversy and resulting drop in demand for LFTB caused BPI to close three production plants and lay off roughly 700 employees.

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