The “Pink Slime” lawsuit is moving back to state court, much to the chagrin of attorneys for ABC News, whoa argued that its proper jurisdiction was in federal court.
The case, if you aren’t caught up, involves an ABC News story that referred to a certain processed beef product as “pink slime.” The manufacturer of the product, BPI, argues that the report was defamatory, and that calling it pink slime” misled consumers into think it was unsafe and unhealthy.
“This is purely a decision on what court will hear the case,” says ABC News in a statement. “The federal court was very clear that in sending this case to state court it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case. The court stated that ABC and the other defendants have the right to move to dismiss the case in the state court, and ABC intends to do just that.”
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ordered the case back to the circuit court in Union County.
Erik Connolly, a lawyer for BPI, said the company is looking forward to presenting its case.
“We originally filed the case in state court because that was the proper jurisdiction,” Connolly said in an email. “The Court’s decision confirms we were correct.”