BPI settlement struck at surprising point in trial

BPI settlement struck at surprising point in trial

Nick Hytrek

Midwest Producer

The sudden settlement of Beef Products Inc.’s $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in the midst of the trial caught many observers by surprise — not just because the case had been settled, but because it happened when BPI lawyers were still presenting evidence and ABC had yet to call a single witness. “What surprised me is that it was settled when it was,” said Chuck Baldwin, journalist in residence at the University of South Dakota Media and Journalism Department.

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