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Three Fox Expert Witnesses to Give Deposition Testimony 

 Report Archive:

Ž May 8, 2000:
Ralph Nader Testifies About Broadcasters' Public Interest Requirement
Presidential candidate gives testimony at pre-trial depo 

Ž May 5, 2000:
Court-ordered Mediation Is Brief and Unsuccessful
Trial set to begin June 12

Ž April 28,2000:
Fox Challenges rBGH Experts At Depositions

Fox lawyers laying ground-
work to tell jurors experts are cancer scaremongers?

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:
OBSERVER/London
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:
WEEKLY PLANET/Tampa:
Grazing A Stink - - -Don't Have a Cow

Ž May 23:
NEW YORK TIMES:
(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
 Pre-Trial Hearing Uneventful; Fox  
   Still Stalling on Stern Testimony  

                 By STEVE WILSON   
        TAMPA (May 18, 2000) — A second pre-trial hearing the case of Wilson-Akre v Fox Television was short and uneventful today in the courtroom of Judge Ralph Steinberg.
        
With only 30 minutes available for today's hearing,  the judge and the parties agreed there was insufficient time to hear important motions that could put severe


Chief Fox Defense Laywer Bill McDaniels

limitations on what evidence and what witnesses the jury will be allowed to hear.
         Two of Fox's most important challenges--efforts to block the testimony of expert witnesses Walter Cronkite and Ralph Nader--were not completed by the defense team until late yesterday. (Watch here for detailed stories coming soon on those efforts.)
         Judge Steinberg also notified both sides that although he hopes to begin the trial June 12 as scheduled, a two-week trial is scheduled to begin the preceding Monday.  If that case does not settle, Steinberg indicated there could be a one-week delay in the start of the Fox trial.  
        In the only matter that was decided today, Fox put forth strenuous objections to having to provide the testimony of Fox Television Stations President Mitchell Stern sooner than the usual 30-days allotted for replies to written interrogatories.
        Fox and its lawyers in Washington, Florida and California have all worked hard to block Stern's deposition, even to the extent of providing a a California court with sworn testimony that the executive knows nothing of the details at the heart of the Florida lawsuit. 
        After the testimony of several others, including one of the company's own lawyers, clearly contradicted that claim, plaintitiff Steve Wilson asked the Florida court last month to compel Stern's appearance at a videotaped deposition.  Wilson argued that even though Stern may be a California resident, he is the president of the defendant corporation, New World Communications of Tampa which holds the license for WTVT and is under the jurisdiciation of the Florida court for that reason.
        Judge Steinberg ruled that Stern should first be compelled to answer written questions and requests for certain admissions about the case.  Steinberg made it clear that if those replies were not responsive, the judge would entertain another motion to compel the company president to personally appear for deposition.
        Those written questions were served on Stern May 3.  Since then, Fox lawyer McDaniels has repeatedly ignored requests for a speedy response, prompting today's motion to the court to order the Defendant to respond sooner.  
        Wilson and Akre lawyer John Chamblee told the court that if the answers are not received under just a few days before the trial and they are not responsive, there would be precious little time to arrange for the face-to-face deposition.
        "I don't want to get into early June and find we have to seek a deposition only to hear that Mr. Stern is too busy or unavailable at that time," Wilson told the judge.
        McDaniels argued that he is not scheduled to meet with Stern until next week and it would be a burden to have to respond sooner than the 30-day deadline imposed by the Rules of Civil Procedure.
        "If we have to wait until early June and if your Honor agrees then that we do need to take a deposition, I would like the court to make it clear that it will happen before the start of trial," Wilson countered.
        The judge, while not agreeing to shorten the time for the responses, did make it clear that such a deposition, if necessary, should be conducted before June 12.  McDaniels said it was his "fondest hope" that the answers Stern will provide will avoid the need for any further testimony from him.

         

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