(CNS News) Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), the target of a series of ABC “pink slime” stories earlier in 2012, has filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit against the network.

BPI is charging ABC with “defamation, product and food disparagement, tortious interference with business relationships, and other wrongs” in a 263-page complaint. The lawsuit charges the network made “nearly 200 false and disparaging statements regarding BPI and its product, lean finely textured beef.”

The suit is based on ABC stories that began March 7 and depicted lean beef manufactured by BPI as “pink slime,” a term used by an activist and repeatedly cited by the network.

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