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
Trial Will Proceed Sooner Than Expected; Could
Start This Month
By STEVE WILSON
(June 6, 2000)At a brief hearing this morning, trial judge Ralph
Steinberg made it clear that the Wilson/Akre v Fox Television trial is now
third in line to be heard in his courtroom. Depending on how quickly two medical malpractice cases can be
tried or settled, the Fox case could begin before the end of this month.
I understand its a
hardship, the judge said of the continuing delay.
Were just jammed up here but you will be heard immediately
after these two in front of you.
William McDaniels representing Fox told the judge that a July trial
would come during the July sweeps period but he admitted that particular
ratings period is the least important of the year.
He raised no objection to getting the case to trial as soon as
We are ready to go, said co-plaintiff Jane Akre.
Four trial dates have been set and passed, two of them because
Fox simply wanted to delay. Its
time a jury heard the facts.
The plaintiff in one of the medical malpractice trials which
started in Steinbergs court yesterday said she has waited more than
four years to get her case to trial.
She is suing a local hospital and a physician she says are
responsible for her confinement to a wheelchair.
John Chamblee, representing Ms. Akre, told the court that a July
trial means one of the plaintiffs key witnesses, Dr. Samuel Epstein,
will be out of the country. Chamblee
sought and obtained permission to take Dr. Epsteins testimony on
videotape so that it could be presented to the jury while the witness is
out of the country.
The judge had little time today to hear details of a motion by
plaintiff Steve Wilson seeking sanctions against the defense attorneys for
an allegedly improper contact with at least one witness.
Wilson filed a motion asking the court to order Fox attorneys to
stop contacting witnesses for the fired journalists in what the plaintiffs
say is an effort to discourage the witnesses from appearing at trial.
You know that would be improper, judge Steinberg told Fox
attorney Patricia Anderson who denied that ever discouraged a witness from
appearing. Without ruling
that she or any of the Fox lawyers acted improperly or unethically, he
admonished them to make no improper contacts.
Plaintiff Wilson also asked the court to allow follow-up
depositions of a few of the defendants witnesses, some of whom gave
depositions more than two years ago.
Although the judge indicated the request did not seem unreasonable
to prevent trial by ambush, he said he would hear those motions at a
later date along with many others which are pending.
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