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"The U.S. places great importance on free speech and the value of open public debate," Hamilton said. "A jury may have a very difficult time finding the news stories involved here were defamatory, or that there was any intent to harm the company."
South Dakota is one of 13 states that have enacted a food-disparagement law, but there's virtually no history of the laws being used in lawsuits, said Neil Hamilton, a Drake University professor and director of the Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa.