Thursday, March 16, 2017/Categories: General News, Today's Top 5, People in Ag, Livestock, National News
KFGO News reports:
A South Dakota state judge has ordered ABC Broadcasting to face a potential $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit claiming it damaged Beef Products Inc by referring in a series of reports to a meat product it sold as "pink slime."
Judge Cheryle Gering of the Union County Circuit Court in Elk Point, South Dakota, dismissed claims against anchor Diane Sawyer, but said ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, and reporter Jim Avila must defend against such claims.
"A jury could determine that there is clear and convincing evidence that ABC Broadcasting and Mr. Avila were reckless, that defendants had obvious reason to doubt the veracity of informants, and that they engaged in purposeful avoidance of the truth," Gering said during a hearing last month.
The judge said Sawyer was different in part because "her actions as anchor, which limits her involvement in doing research," were not sufficient to establish defamation. Gering did not rule on the case's merits.
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Source: KFGO News
On May 24th, 2017 in Billings, USDA APHIS will host a public meeting to hear from the public about the successes and challenges of the current ADT framework, specifically for traceability in cattle and bison. The public meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.