Start Date Decided Soon
May 18, 2000:
Stalls on Testimony of Its president Mitchell Stern
Pre-trial hearing is otherwise uneventful
Testifies About Broadcasters' Public Interest Requirement
Presidential candidate gives testimony at pre-trial depo
May 5, 2000:
Court-ordered Mediation Is Brief and
Trial set to begin June 12
Fox Challenges rBGH
Experts At Depositions
Fox lawyers laying ground-
work to tell jurors experts are cancer scaremongers?
Testifies on Behalf of Akre & Wilson
Fox lawyers lodge objections
Fox Lawyers Insist On Secrecy At Deposition
French TV Ejected
FDA Wants Comments on G-M Foods
Public Meetings Start in November
Judge Rules: Trial Will Proceed:
Defense loses third effort to have case dismissed
Gene-modified foods might get labels:
Industry weighs voluntary steps, U.S. studies options as well
Trial Still Set to Start Soon:
Busy Docket Delays foxBGHsuit
Will the fight over gene-altered food products leapfrog across the Atlantic?
UN Health Group Shuns BGH
New York Times:
Farmers Right To Sue Grows - Food Warning Muzzle Likely
Corporate Crime Reporter:
Monsanto Officials Join Leading Consumer, Environmental Groups
Fox Deceives Viewers in Primetime,
Net Admits Staging after INSIDE EDITION Report
Democracy Group Award to
Fired Reporters Cited for "Courage in Journalism"
New Trial Date is October
Fox Piles On Big-Name Lawyers
Clinton Lawyer Joins Fox
David Kendall Involvement Confirmed in Letter to Monsanto
Fox Pleads for Another Delay
Later Trial Date to be Set April 29th
Judge Says BGH Case Will
Go To Trial
Opening Gavel Falls May 10th
PENTHOUSE Exposes BGH,
First-rate story of BGH situation and lawsuit against Fox TV
(rated G -- no nudity, just the story)
Summary of BGH Developments
How Fox Wanted to Slant News
of Canadian Concerns
Canadian BGH Concerns Were Big Issue In Firing of Fox Reporters
Canada Says NO to BGH!
Read the CBC Story or
Health Canada Rejects Bovine Growth Hormone in Canada
Government News Release
Akre & Wilson Win Courage
For Work On Story Which Cost Them Their Jobs
ABC NEWS Catches Up on BGH
Read the ABC Story or
FOX Legal (8/28) Answers
to Reporters' Complaint Now Available
and Fox: Partners in Censorship
PR Watch - Showcase Article
Canadians Probe Coverup Claim
Read CBC Story or
Reporters Get Top SPJ Ethics
BGH Issue Explodes in Canada:
Read CBC Story or
SECRET Canadian Study Leaked...
...BGH safety questions unanswered?
Akre-Wilson Depos Start
SP Times covers NutraSweet flap
Our Story: Fox Still Protecting
Fox Pulls Plug on NutraSweet
Reporters Respond To Defense
story FOX-TV refused to air...
Judge refuses to dismiss
all but one count of reporters' suit
Digger Still Plays Dirty
Depositions Continue, Trial Date
Akre/Wilson Preparing FCC Complaint
Judge rejects Defense motion
for Protective Order
Grazing A Stink
- - -Don't Have a Cow
NEW YORK TIMES:
(Silenced) Reporters... Post Web Site
Wilson/Akre demand on-air correction
FOX-TV asks court:
and Delay depositions
Trial Is Delayed Yet Again; Case May Not Go To
Trial Before Fall
By STEVE WILSON
(May 25, 2000)After four prior delays that have stalled the trial for
more than 15 months, the case of Wilson and Akre v Fox TV is being delayed
The heart of the problem is a logjam of cases waiting to be tried.
Two medical malpractice trials were both set to begin June 5 on the
presumption that one or both would settle.
Neither did, leaving the litigants in both those matters battling
to start just a week before the Wilson/Akre matter was set to begin on
Sitting in for the assigned trial judge who is traveling, Florida
state court Judge Robert Bonnano decided today that the two other cases
will be tried back-to-back starting June 5.
One of those trials is expected to take two full weeks, the other
is estimated to take five to seven court days.
Bonannos decision creates a new problem by pushing back the Fox
trial to June 29 or later.
It means most of the trial would have to be conducted during the
television ratings month of July.
Fox lawyers have repeatedly argued it would be an undue hardship on
the defendant to try the case during any of the major ratings periods.
An August trial date could make it extremely difficult for both
sides to get witnesses to court, especially during the traditional family
vacation month when everyone expected the trial to have been
The parties are expected to schedule another hearing before trial
Judge Ralph Steinberg when he returns June 5 and seek a date certain for
trial, probably in September or October. Steinberg
has said his calendar is so jammed, new trials are being set for January
The fired journalists expect to ask the judge to set and guarantee
an early Fall date, arguing that the trial has now been delayed five
times, leaving the plaintiffs unemployed since 1997.
The case was filed April 2, 1998.
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