May 5 in Tampa
Mediation session ordered by the Court despite strong objections by Fox 

Report Archive:
Ž April 26,2000:
Walter Cronkite Testifies on Behalf of Akre & Wilson
Fox lawyers lodge objections

Ž October 19:
Fox Lawyers Insist On Secrecy At Deposition
French TV Ejected

Ž October 18:
FDA Wants Comments on G-M Foods
Public Meetings Start in November

Ž October 13:
Judge Rules: Trial Will Proceed: Defense loses third effort to have case dismissed

Ž September 24:
MSNBC: Gene-modified foods might get labels:
Industry weighs voluntary steps, U.S. studies options as well

Ž September 20:
Trial Still Set to Start Soon: Busy Docket Delays foxBGHsuit

Ž August 4:
MSNBC: Mutable Feast:
Will the fight over gene-altered food products leapfrog across the Atlantic?

Ž June 30:
Consumers International:
UN Health Group Shuns BGH

Ž June 1:
New York Times:
Farmers’ Right To Sue Grows - Food Warning Muzzle Likely

Ž May 10:
Corporate Crime Reporter:
Monsanto Officials Join Leading Consumer, Environmental Groups

Ž May 3:
Fox Deceives Viewers in Primetime, Too
Net Admits Staging after INSIDE EDITION Report

Ž April 30:
Democracy Group Award to Akre/Wilson
Fired Reporters Cited for "Courage in Journalism"

Ž April 29:
New Trial Date is October 11
Fox Piles On Big-Name Lawyers

Ž April 17:
Clinton Lawyer Joins Fox Legal Team
David Kendall Involvement Confirmed in Letter to Monsanto

Ž April 16:
Fox Pleads for Another Delay
Later Trial Date to be Set April 29th

Ž April 1:
Judge Says BGH Case Will Go To Trial
Opening Gavel Falls May 10th

Ž February 16:
PENTHOUSE Exposes BGH, Fox Coverup:
First-rate story of BGH situation and lawsuit against Fox TV (rated G -- no nudity, just the story)

Ž January 25:
ENS Summary of BGH Developments

Ž January 14:
How Fox Wanted to Slant News of Canadian Concerns
Canadian BGH Concerns Were Big Issue In Firing of Fox Reporters

Ž January 14:
Canada Says NO to BGH!
Read the CBC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž January 14:
Health Canada Rejects Bovine Growth Hormone in Canada
Government News Release

Ž December 16:
Akre & Wilson Win Courage Award
For Work On Story Which Cost Them Their Jobs

Ž December 15:
ABC NEWS Catches Up on BGH
Read the ABC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž November 7:
FOX Legal (8/28) Answers
to Reporters' Complaint Now Available

Ž November 1:
Monsanto and Fox: Partners in Censorship
PR Watch - Showcase Article

Ž October 30:
Canadians Probe Coverup Claim
Read CBC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž October 24:
Reporters Get Top SPJ Ethics Award

Ž October 22:
BGH Issue Explodes in Canada:
Read CBC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž October 7:
SECRET Canadian Study Leaked...
...BGH safety questions unanswered?

Ž Sept 13:
Akre-Wilson Depos Start

Ž Sept 10:
TIMES/St. Petersburg
SP Times covers NutraSweet flap

Ž Sept 10:
Our Story: Fox Still Protecting Monsanto?

Ž Sept 8:
Fox Pulls Plug on NutraSweet Foe

Ž Sept 1:
Reporters Respond To Defense

Ž READ story FOX-TV refused to air...
or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž July 14:
Judge refuses to dismiss
all but one count of reporters' suit

Ž July 5:
Digger Still Plays Dirty

Ž July 1:
Depositions Continue, Trial Date Set

Ž June 7:
TIMES/St. Petersburg
Akre/Wilson Preparing FCC Complaint

Ž May 26:
Judge rejects Defense motion
for Protective Order

Ž May 25:
Grazing A Stink - - -Don't Have a Cow

Ž May 23:
(Silenced) Reporters... Post Web Site

Ž May 21:
Wilson/Akre demand on-air correction

Ž April 29:
FOX-TV asks court:
Dismiss case and Delay depositions



        CHICAGO (April 28, 2000)—The lead defense lawyer representing Fox Television has laid the groundwork for a strategy that seems aimed at convincing a jury that scientists who oppose the use of rBGH are merely cancer scaremongers.  
The apparent defense plan unfolded during the depositions of plaintiff experts Dr. Samuel Epstein in Chicago today and Dr. Michael Hansen in New York two days earlier.  Both scientists have been named as rBGH experts who will provide testimony on behalf of plaintiffs Jane Akre and Steve Wilson at trial.

        Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Illinois School of Public Health was grilled by Fox attorney William McDaniels for three hours. Much of the questioning dealt with concerns Dr. Epstein has voiced about a host of carcinogenic risks associated with various products many Americans use every day.     

Dr. Samuel Epstein

         Epsteins book, The Safe Shopper's Bible: A Consumer's Guide to Non-toxic Household Products, Cosmetic, and Food, was a source for many of McDaniel's questions.  
         The Fox lawyer repeatedly singled out household products and foods named in the book and attempted to get Dr. Epstein to say he believes they cause cancer.  Time and again, the expert repeated that he was merely making available to consumers information that had been hidden away in government files or scientific research studies not wifely available to the public.
         Dr. Epstein, to some a controversial figure in the field of cancer prevention, was awarded the 1998 Right Livelihood Award, an honor widely known as the alternative Nobel Prize. Dr. Epstein was singled out for his scholarship wedded to activism to prevent much avoidable cancer caused by environmental pollution. 

Atty Tom Johnson (left) and Dr. Michael Hansen

       The Fox defense team took the same approach earlier in the week at the deposition of  Dr. Michael Hansen, a scientist for the Consumer Policy Institute, an arm of Consumers Union. Dr. Hansen appeared in New York City  Wednesday.  Also present were plaintiff Akre's counsel Tom Johnson and plaintiff Wilson who has represented himself throughout much of the case.  

       Dr. Hansen is being called by Akre and Wilson to testify as an an expert of the effects of rBGH on animals.  He testified Wednesday about the well-established increase in Mastitus in rBGH-treated cows, calling the effect "very statistically significant" and of serious concern.
        Mastitus, a painful udder infection, is treated by injections of antibiotics.  Many fear that residues from those drugs injected into the cow can find their way into the milk we drink, especially since no thorough testing to detect such a problem is required in Florida and much of the rest of the nation.  
        In response to inquiries obviously designed to question his credibility as an expert, Dr. Hansen admitted he has not worked directly with dairy cows but has conducted thorough reviews of the scientific studies conducted by others around the world.  
        He pointed out that even the FDA does no actual research in laboratories, basing its approval decisions on all new foods and drugs solely on the agency's review of the work of others.  All such laboratory testing is funded by the food and drug companies seeking to market new products.  

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