A photo may be worth a thousand words, but this one word might be worth $200,000. Due to the wording in a press release issued by the U.S. Justice Department regarding a settlement agreement with Nebraska Beef, the Omaha-based beef processor is refusing to abide by the agreement of a $200,00 civil penalty, reports Janice Podsada for the Omaha World-Herald.
The phrasing in the press release in question “breached the settlement agreement by phrasing a press release differently from the language in the settlement agreement’s preface,” Nebraska Beef says. The Justice Department disagrees, believing that the settlement contained "provisions restricting the language in the department’s press release,” reported Podsada.
The word in question is "found," which was used in the press release, compared to the phrase "reasonable cause," that was used in the settlement agreement. Due to the phrase, Nebraska Beef refuses to pay the settlement amount of $200,000, causing the Justice Department to file a lawsuit on Tuesday.