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All Pre-trial Disputes To Be Heard and Decided by Judge Steinberg

TRIAL START DATE SOON AFTER JULY 10?
Report Archive:

Ž June 26, 2000:
Another Judge Says 'No' to Hearing Wilson/Akre v Fox Case

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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Fox Plea For Further Delay Rejected
  STEINBERG GETS CASE BACK; 
 READY TO GET THINGS MOVING 

                                                 By STEVE WILSON
        TAMPA (June 30, 2000)--After searching for nearly two weeks, state court officials have given up on the idea of finding a retired senior judge who can hear the high-profile case of Wilson and Akre v Fox Television.  The case is now back in the hands of Judge Ralph Steinberg who says unexpected developments in two other cases have suddenly cleared a path for the Fox case to move along at last.  


Judge Steinberg

        At a hearing this afternoon, Steinberg decided both sides should be ready to present all disputed issues to him next Thursday morning and every effort should be made to get the case to trial as soon thereafter as possible.  
        The ruling means a jury could be selected and the case started as soon as the week of July 10.       
        Judge Steinberg opened Friday's hearing by recounting how the case was removed from his docket earlier this month by administrative Judge Robert Bonnano in an apparent effort to ease Steinberg's heavy caseload. 
        He explained the Wilson/Akre case is now back in his hands due to trouble finding a retired judge who had the time to hear it this summer, coupled with surprise developments in two other cases pending before him.  
        Judge Steinberg had been set to hear another case starting Monday but that dispute unexpectedly settled yesterday.  A lengthy tobacco case also scheduled to be heard in July now apparently needs to be delayed in wake of a ruling just handed down from the state District Court of Appeals.
       While he seemed ready to start the Wilson/Akre v Fox trial  as early as Monday, both sides explained the case could not begin that quickly due to several pending motions which must first be ruled on to determine what evidence will be allowed.  Only after  those decision are made can both sides put together their final exhibits and be ready to go before a jury, both sides agreed.   
        Co-plaintiff Steve Wilson, representing himself, proposed that the judge hear and rule on all pending disputes next week right after the July 4th holiday, give both sides the following week to make final trial preparations, and then begin the trial Monday, July 17.
        Chief defense counsel William McDaniels objected.  He claimed many defense witnesses who have been standing by for the trial to get underway during June and July could not appear at trial in Tampa during August.  
        McDaniels suggested the judge assign a "date certain" later in the year.  The Washington lawyer representing Fox went on to explain that he has a lengthy trial on another matter starting in October in Memphis and would need September to prepare for that.  With Steinberg retiring in December, it quickly became clear that a delay beyond July would mean yet another judge and a delay well into next year.  
        Co-plaintiff Jane Akre's attorney Tom Johnson strongly objected, saying two delays requested by the defendants more than a year ago were responsible for getting the trial off-track in the first place. 
        Echoing comments made earlier by Wilson, Johnson made it clear that yet another delay would likely spell doom for the unemployed reporters to financially survive long enough to ever get their case before a jury.
        McDaniels countered that the defense should not be expected to proceed with a trial at a time many of its witnesses had planned their summer vacations in August.  
        He repeatedly complained to the judge that "we've been here since early June" and argued that two years was not a terribly long time to wait for a matter to come to trial.  (The case was filed April 2, 1998 and has had at least five trial dates.) 
        The judge suggested key witnesses could be videotaped for presentation at trial, or even give their testimony from some remote location live by satellite.  A key witness for the plaintiffs, Dr. Samuel Epstein, was recorded in Chicago last week because he has travel plans to be in Italy during the trial period.  
        "Let's give it a shot," the judge ultimately concluded.  
        The judge made it clear that if the trial does not get underway in July, there is truly no telling when the matter could be heard.  He set 9 a.m. next Thursday for arguments on all pending disputes and suggested both sides meet to try and resolve as many matters as possible to streamline the process.  

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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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