NEXT DEVELOPMENT:
  Final Depositions, 
Hearing on Pending Motions To Be Set This Month  

TRIAL SHOULD START IN NEXT 30 DAYS !

Report Archive:

Ž May 25, 2000:
Fox Trial Will Not Start June 12 as Scheduled

Ž May 18, 2000:
Fox Still Stalls on Testimony of Its president Mitchell Stern
Pre-trial hearing is otherwise uneventful

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

 Trial Will Proceed Sooner Than Expected; Could Start This Month
By STEVE WILSON

        TAMPA (June 6, 2000)—At a brief hearing this morning, trial judge Ralph Steinberg made it clear that the Wilson/Akre v Fox Television trial is now third in line to be heard in his courtroom.  Depending on how quickly two medical malpractice cases can be tried or settled, the Fox case could begin before the end of this month.
       
“I understand it’s a hardship,” the judge said of the continuing delay.  “We’re just jammed up here but you will be heard immediately after these two in front of you.”
        William McDaniels representing Fox told the judge that a July trial would come during the July sweeps period but he admitted that particular ratings period is the least important of the year.  He raised no objection to getting the case to trial as soon as possible.
        “We are ready to go,” said co-plaintiff Jane Akre.  “Four trial dates have been set and passed, two of them because Fox simply wanted to delay.  It’s time a jury heard the facts.”
        The plaintiff in one of the medical malpractice trials which started in Steinberg’s court yesterday said she has waited more than four years to get her case to trial.  She is suing a local hospital and a physician she says are responsible for her confinement to a wheelchair.
        John Chamblee, representing Ms. Akre, told the court that a July trial means one of the plaintiff’s key witnesses, Dr. Samuel Epstein, will be out of the country.  Chamblee sought and obtained permission to take Dr. Epstein’s testimony on videotape so that it could be presented to the jury while the witness is out of the country.
        The judge had little time today to hear details of a motion by plaintiff Steve Wilson seeking sanctions against the defense attorneys for an allegedly improper contact with at least one witness.
        Wilson filed a motion asking the court to order Fox attorneys to stop contacting witnesses for the fired journalists in what the plaintiffs say is an effort to discourage the witnesses from appearing at trial.
        “You know that would be improper,” judge Steinberg told Fox attorney Patricia Anderson who denied that ever discouraged a witness from appearing.  Without ruling that she or any of the Fox lawyers acted improperly or unethically, he admonished them to make no improper contacts.
        Plaintiff Wilson also asked the court to allow follow-up depositions of a few of the defendant’s witnesses, some of whom gave depositions more than two years ago.  Although the judge indicated the request did not seem unreasonable to prevent “trial by ambush,” he said he would hear those motions at a later date along with many others which are pending.

    

         

Stories Posted in the Last 30 days:

TRIAL DELAYED AGAIN WILL NOT START 6/12

FOX STALLS ON TESTIMONY OF ITS PRESIDENT

RALPH NADER TESTIFIES RE PUBLIC INTEREST

MEDIATION IS BRIEF AND UNSUCCESSFUL

FOX CHALLENGES PLAINTIFFS' rBGH EXPERTS

CRONKITE TESTIFIES FOR AKRE & WILSON 

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