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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Deciding Sumner Redstone's Mental Acuity

SumnerWith Sumner Redstone’s declining health, the case to decide his mental acuity is becoming more difficult and more pertinent with so many third parties involved. To determine his competency for deciding to oust two Viacom trustees, psychiatrists will look for evidence that Mr. Redstone understands relevant facts and appreciates the impact of his decisions. To determine any undue influence on the behalf of his daughter, the court will look at the facts placed before it to see if she threatened him or preyed on his emotions. Mr. Redstone will need to indicate a clear and consistent rationale for the change.

See Erik Eckholm, A Complicated Legal Battle Over Sumner Redstone’s Mental Acuity, NY Times, May 25, 2016.

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