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The beef product known as lean finely textured beef, or "pink slime," is displayed during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb., where the product is made. Gerald Zirnstein, the microbiologist who coined the term "pink slime," says it came to him in the spur of the moment as he was composing an email to a coworker at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a decade ago. Although it's been used as a filler for decades, the product became the center of controversy only after Zirnstein's v...

ABC News to seek dismissal of 'pink slime' lawsuit

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- ABC News says it intends to ask a circuit court to dismiss a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit now that it has been moved from federal court.

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Beef Products Inc. sued for defamation over ABC's coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."

ABC wanted the case considered by the U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, but Judge Karen Schreier on Wednesday ordered it back to circuit court.

In a statement sent Thursday, ABC News said the federal court was clear that in sending the case to state court it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.

BPI claims the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

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