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  New Trial Judge To Be Named; Pre-trial Motions To Be Heard

TRIAL START DATE NOW JULY 10 !
Report Archive:

Ž June 8, 2000:
Fox  Manager Who Fired Akre and Wilson In Tampa Gets Big Promotion 
David Boylan Flies Into The Sunset to Manage KTTV, Los Angeles

Ž June 6, 2000:
Fox Trial Will Start Sooner Than Expected
It will proceed in the heat of the summer, probably in July

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

 


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New Trial Date is July 10; New Judge Is Retired Mystery Person
By STEVE WILSON

         TAMPA (June 16, 2000)—“You people are like a bad penny,” quipped Judge Robert Bonanno to the litigants in the Wilson/Akre v Fox TV lawsuit in his chambers this morning for an impromptu hearing on setting a firm trial date.  
       
Bonanno was the first judge ever assigned to the case back in April 1998 and has since become the presiding judge for the state circuit court in Tampa.  The case was back before him today because he has decided to reassign it to a new judge because the third jurist set to hear it is just apparently too busy.  
        In a move that had not been expected, Bonanno announced that he has been looking for a senior judge who is retired somewhere in Florida to hear the case but has yet to find one.  He said he was making the move to help relieve the pressure of several suits pending on trial court Judge Ralph Steinberg's calendar.
        Just a week ago, Steinberg said it had been decided that he would hear the Fox case immediately after two medical malpractice cases which were pending ahead of it.  Based on that, it was widely expected that the Fox case would begin on or about July 5.
       
Jane Akre’s attorney and this reporter (co-plaintiff Steve Wilson) argued that Steinberg should keep the Fox case since he has already begun to hear many of the arguments on pending motions.  Bonanno flatly rejected the idea of letting another judge hear the malpractice case that is set to start as early as next Monday and insisted that the Fox case be reassigned.
       
William McDaniels of the Washington firm Williams & Connolly that is leading the Fox defense, said he had no objections to the new judge taking over as soon as possible, hearing all the pending motions that will shape the case, and then going forward with the trial.  
       The Fox position wasn't surprising, given that Judge
Steinberg, has made several rulings against Fox on pre-trial issues recently and given indications more might be coming.
        Steinberg said this morning that he was still willing to hear the Fox case and said "it might be a very interesting change" compared to another medical malpractice case and lengthy tobacco litigation which is pending on his calendar. 
        Even without naming the new judge who will preside over the Fox trial, administrative Judge Bonanno
tentatively set July 10 as the new date for trial to begin.  The date was set with the understanding that the a replacement judge will be available then and that witnesses will also be available at that time. 
        To assist the litigants in preparing the case for trial, Bonanno also said he will give the parties an update on his search for a judge next Monday (July 19) at which time perhaps a date could be set for a hearing on all pending pre-trial motions.
        The new trial date is the sixth to be set in the case which was filed more than two years ago.

         

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