Food Lion and Undercover Reporting

TitleFood Lion and Undercover Reporting
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published01/2000
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , BUSINESS ethics , JOURNALISM , MEDIA ETHICS , public safety
AbstractIn 1997 a federal jury awarded the supermarket chain Food Lion Incorporated, more than $5.5 million dollars in punitive damages, to be paid by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC. The lawsuit concerned a segment of ABC's Prime Time Live program which accused Food Lion of selling rat gnawed cheese, spoiled meat, and fish that had been washed in bleach to kill the odor. Food Lion made no attempt to deny these allegations and did not sue ABC for slander. Instead, it brought an action against ABC for fraud and trespass, complaining that ABC reporters gained access to the Food Lion meat department by submitting false resumes to get jobs, and then using hidden cameras to film there.
NotesCase from the 2000 National Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2000.
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