After removing to federal court a defamation lawsuit brought by the company that makes lean finely textured beef (LFBT), ABC News has reportedly filed a motion to dismiss claiming that its news stories referring to the product as “pink slime” are protected speech under the First Amendment. Beef Products, Inc. v. Am. Broadcasting Cos., Inc., No. 2012cv04183 (U.S. Dist. Ct., D.S.D., filed October 24, 2012). Additional information about the lawsuit appears in Issue 453 of this Update. According to the news company’s motion, “Pink slime is exactly the sort of ‘loose, figurative, or hyperbolic language’ that courts recognize demands protection under the First Amendment.” ABC reportedly contends that the lawsuit challenges the rights of news organizations to “explore matters of obvious public interest—what is in the food we eat and how that food is labeled.” See Reuters, October 31, 2012.