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"Pink Slime" Company Brings Defamation Suit Against Media, Scientists and Whistleblowers

BPI's business has tanked since the public learned about the nasty stuff secretly added to burgers. Now it's attacking First Amendment rights.

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The Roths went desperately wrong when they shaped their business strategy for selling X on the goal of keeping facts from the consumers that Mr. Roth thought were unimportant, but which most consumers showed that they considered decisive once they began to learn about X.  BPI has a second slogan:  “we know how to do things because we do things.”  Because BPI’s strategy was that it and its purchasers not do certain things (disclose certain facts of X to the consumer, including its addition to our hamburgers) they did not know how to do the disclosures that consumers wanted once they began to learn that X was being added to their hamburgers without disclosure.

William Black is the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One and an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He spent years working on regulatory policy and fraud prevention as executive director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention, litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and deputy director of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement, among other positions.