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TRIAL START DATE SOMETIME THIS SUMMER?
Report Archive:

Ž June 21, 2000:
Still No Judge To Hear Fox/BGH Case While Foxes Dishes More Distortion To WTVT Tampa Viewers

Ž June 16, 2000:
Trial Date Pushed Back Again; New Judge To Be Selected

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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ANOTHER JUDGE SAYS 'NO' TO HEARING THE FOX/BGH CASE
By STEVE WILSON

        TAMPA (June 28, 2000)—A second retired Florida state court judge has fizzled out as an option to try the Fox/BGH lawsuit immediately, The BGH Bulletin has learned. 
       
The unidentified retired jurist from Hillsborough County was contacted by chief Judge Robert Bonanno earlier in the week but turned down the opportunity to try the high-profile case.  A court official said the decision was based partly on scheduling problems.
        The decision apparently sends court administrators back to square one.  The judicial assistant to the court's presiding judge told the plaintiffs today that news developments were unlikely before Friday at the earliest. 
        Helen Hansel, a retired judge from Clearwater in Pinellas County had first been mentioned as the judge who would hear the case but the Tampa court later withdrew her as a possibility.
        The uncertainty is causing problems for not only the litigants and their attorneys but for more than 80 witnesses who have been subpoenaed to testify at the trial.  Many complain that the lack of a firm trial date is wreaking havoc with long-standing summer vacation plans.

Tampa Newspaper Reports on Trial, rBGH

       A Tampa newspaper, meanwhile, is out with two new stories about the upcoming trial and the artificial hormone at the heart of the dispute.  OPne of the stories shows just how bitter the dispute has become.
        In a story headlined Lawyers, Lactation and Corporations, Fox's local lawyer is quoted as saying the entire dispute is "nothing other than an editing dispute with an asshole who refused to be edited."
        Said co-plaintiff Steve Wilson in response, "Not only is this yet another breach of professional conduct by Ms. Anderson, I am terribly offended that anyone would speak about Jane in that manner!"
        Elsewhere in the same article, Anderson is also quoted as saying Fox just wants this whole episode to be over. "We just want Steve Wilson to be a speck in our rear-view mirror," she said. 
        Wilson, who concedes he is overweight and not the average "pretty boy TV reporter type, asks, " Exactly how far down the road would one have to get for me to appear as only a speck in anyone's rear-view mirror?
        "Given the facts of this case, I'm sure Ms. Anderson is just trying to cover up her own fear that she and her clients are about to become road kill on the highway to justice," Wilson joked.
        The second story in Tampa's Weekly Planet, is a companion piece by the same reporter who updates the dispute about the use of Monsanto's synthetic hormone.  
        The story headlined Hormone In The Balance misidentifies Monsanto's product as Prosilac.  The brand name is actually Posilac.  The story also says "Canada and Europe have been reluctant to approve rBGH."  In fact, Canada and the European Union have been more than reluctant to approve it, they have actually formally banned its use.
        The story also includes a remark from the American Council on Science and Health which is identified as as "a consortium of 250 scientists," without mentioning that the group is frequently referred to as an industry front group supported by companies who often eschew government regulation of their businesses and products.
        "If anybody doubts the agenda of the ACSH, just visit their website," said co-plaintiff Jane Akre.  "There you will find the group's president Elizabeth Whelan whining about the removal of Scotchguard and Dursban from the market.  She calls them 'two safe and useful products (that) have been taken away from consumers'." 
        The EPA has linked Dursban to neurological disorders.  Scotchguard was voluntarily removed from the market by 3-M due to environmental concerns that the product does not easily break down in the environment. 

Stories Posted Recently:

FOX AIRS ANOTHER DISTORTED STORY ON rBGH

TRIAL DELAYED; NEW JUDGE TO BE CHOSEN

FOX MGR WHO FIRED JOURNOS GETS PROMOTED TO FOX'S SECOND-BIGGEST STATION

TRIAL TO START SOON, LATE JUNE/EARLY JULY

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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