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Tue Dec 17, 2013 04:02 PM CST

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) -- A lawyer for ABC is asking a judge to throw out a defamation suit over its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

Beef Products Inc. in South Dakota sued ABC and ABC News Inc. last year over the network's reports about the product critics have dubbed "pink slime."

The Dakota Dunes-based meat processor claims the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and unsafe. BPI is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering is listening to arguments Tuesday afternoon.

ABC attorney Kevin Baine ...

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