Judge keeps Rather v CBS alive

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Dan Rather and CBS will be marking December 22 on their calendars. That’s the date a New York Supreme Court justice has set for the next round in Rather’s wrongful firing suit. And it looks like Viacom honcho Sumner Redstone could be put on the stand.


Rather has accused CBS of breach of contract for failing to keep him busy enough after he stepped down as CBS anchor. He and his attorneys contend that CBS was reacting to forged documents that were used along with a story about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service back in the 1970s, and that CBS decided to simply distance itself from the story, and from Rather.

According to a Reuters report, Rather believes Redstone wanted him fired, hence the desire to have him testify. CBS attorneys counter that Redstone has no such memory and that there is no point in putting him on the stand.

Rather’s camp saw the judge’s decision to move forward as a victory; CBS attorneys said it was not unexpected, and was happy to have a half-day limit put on Redstone’s possible time on the stand.