July 8, 2000:
Derail Entire Case
June 30, 2000:
Judge Steinberg Ready To
Get Case Back On Track
June 26, 2000:
Judge Says 'No' to
Hearing Wilson/Akre v Fox
June 21, 2000:
Judge To Hear Fox/BGH Case While Fox Dishes More Distortion To
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
WITH JURY NOW SEATED,
WILL BEGIN MONDAY MORNING
By STEVE WILSON
(July 12, 2000)It was January 1999 at the end of a key deposition
when Gary Roberts, a lawyer employed by the Fox media empire,
sneered at the two journalists who had filed a whistleblower lawsuit
against the broadcaster. With as much disdain as he could
muster, he shot the plaintiffs a cold stare and told them in no
uncertain terms, Your case is never going to get to
Wednesday, he sat with a
phalanx of other attorneys he has worked with for more than two
years in repeated, unsuccessful attempts to derail the case on legal
technicalities and stubborn refusal to seriously discuss any
settlement. Silent, if not stunned by what they were seeing,
they all watched as a Florida state court judge administered an oath
to the five-man, three-woman jury that will hear the fired
journalists' claims in a landmark trial starting next Monday.
The day began with a
hearing before trial court Judge Ralph Steinberg who surprised the
parties again by saying there was no need for him to rule on a
crucial point he raised at a hearing last week.
The judge decided since
there was no formal motion pending, it would be unwise for him to
rule at this on whether the plaintiffs claim technically
satisfied the requirements of the law.
In another key ruling,
the judge denied a Fox motion that Florida law requires
whistleblower plaintiffs suing private companies to first prove that
the companys conduct at the heart of the dispute was indeed a
legal violation and not merely a suspected violation.
In agreeing with the
plaintiffs, the judge reasoned that the whole purpose of the law was
to protect employees who have a good faith belief that what they are
being asked to do violates a law.
Otherwise, he said, before any employee could ever be
protected, the company would have to be prosecuted and found guilty
of doing what the employee was trying to stop.
before lunch, the judge summoned 35 potential jurors and began the
selection process which continued through the afternoon.
By the end of the day, the parties had agreed on the eight
who will sit in judgment of the claim.
Although the jury is a diverse group, four are working or
have experience in fields related to health.
One is a pharmacist, another is a retired healthcare
assistant, one works for the state healthcare department, and
another manages a health and fitness center at an insurance company.
jurors work in the construction industry, one as a construction
foreman, the other as a manager of projects throughout Florida.
One juror is a bail bond bondsman and the eighth works for a
financial services company that works with credit unions.
Court is set to
re-convene Monday morning at 8:30 when Jane Akres attorney will
make his opening statement to the jury, followed by plaintiff Steve
Wilson who continues to represent himself, followed by the opening
statement of Fox defense attorney William McDaniels.
Both sides have an
hour-and-a-half for their openings before plaintiff Jane Akre
becomes the first witness to takes the stand.