JURY VERDICT AGAINST ABC IN FOOD LION SUIT REVERSED

RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court here reversed a 1996 jury verdict last week in which the American Broadcasting Co., New York, was found to have committed fraud in a hidden-camera expose of allegedly unsanitary conditions at stores operated by Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.Last week's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit threw out the verdict against ABC, which was handed

RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court here reversed a 1996 jury verdict last week in which the American Broadcasting Co., New York, was found to have committed fraud in a hidden-camera expose of allegedly unsanitary conditions at stores operated by Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.

Last week's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit threw out the verdict against ABC, which was handed down almost three years ago by a district court jury in Greensboro, N.C. That verdict o

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