June 21, 2000:
Judge To Hear Fox/BGH Case While Foxes Dishes More Distortion To WTVT Tampa
June 16, 2000:
Date Pushed Back Again; New Judge To Be Selected
June 8, 2000:
Manager Who Fired Akre and Wilson In Tampa Gets Big Promotion
David Boylan Flies Into The Sunset to Manage KTTV, Los Angeles
June 6, 2000:
Will Start Sooner Than Expected
It will proceed in the heat of the summer, probably in July
May 25, 2000:
Will Not Start June 12 as Scheduled
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
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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
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
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
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.
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