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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dan Rather Sues CBS for Breach of Contract

We interrupt the regularly scheduling contract blogging about suing god to mention, on a less divine note, that Dan Rather is suing CBS for breach of contract. This just in from the WSJ law blog (internal links omitted):

Rather, 75, whose vaunted career at CBS News ended on a sour note last year over his role in a story on President Bush’s National Guard service, claims that the network violated his contract by giving him insufficient airtime on “60 Minutes” after forcing him to step down as the nightly news anchor in early 2005, according to the Times. He also contends that the network committed fraud and damaged his reputation by commissioning a “biased” and incomplete investigation of the Guard broadcast, which was co-headed by K&L Gates’s Dick Thornburgh. (Click here for a copy of the report.)

The lawsuit also names CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone, and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. The suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

Here's the complaint.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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