Claims Chucked in Rather's Suit Against CBS

$70M action can go forward, but without charges against execs
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 5:40 PM CDT
Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, file)
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(Newser) – A judge dismissed today some claims of fraud, breach of good faith, and fair dealing in a lawsuit filed against CBS top brass by former anchor Dan Rather, Variety reports. The $70 million suit charges CBS made Rather a scapegoat in the firestorm following revelations “Sixty Minutes” used dubious sources in an exposé on George W. Bush’s National Guard service.

Gone are charges against CBS execs Leslie Moonves and Sumner Redstone, but a judge left intact portions for which Rather is seeking the hefty damages. CBS lawyers said they're pleased with the ruling; as to other charges, they said, “there are no facts to support them, and we expect them to be dismissed when the discovery process is complete.”