Back in 2012 Beef Beef Products Inc. brought a lawsuit against ABC in a multibillion-dollar defamation claim.
According to the lawsuit, the product, described by Beef Products Inc. as “lean finely textured beef,” was described by ABC as “pink slime” numerous times. The trial started June 5, 2017. The complaint had alleged damages of $1.9 billion dollars. Under South Dakota’s Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act, this amount could have been tripled to $5.7 billion. The terms of the settlement are confidential.