Parts of Rather lawsuit dismissed


A judge in New York yesterday allowed Dan Rather to go forward with his 70 million bucks lawsuit against CBS and Viacom. However, the judge dismissed Rather’s claims against Viacom/CBS Chairman Sumner Redstone, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward.

"We are gratified that the court has dismissed the vast majority of Mr. Rather’s claims, including the spurious claims against Mr. Redstone, Mr. Moonves and Mr. Heyward, as well as the false charges of fraud, tortuous interference with prospective business relations, breach of good faith and fair dealing. With respect to the few remaining claims, relevant to his contract, there are no facts to support them, and we expect them to be dismissed when the discovery process is complete," CBS said in a statement.

Rather’s lawsuit filed last September charged that CBS violated the terms of his contract and damaged his reputation in his final months at the network, making him a scapegoat for a “60 Minutes II” story that claimed President George W. Bush got preferential treatment during his service in the Texas Air National Guard in the Vietnam War era. The broadcast relied on documents that were called into question and could not be authenticated.