A New York Supreme Court judge today dismissed several components of former CBS news anchor Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS and Viacom. Though Rather’s breach of contract claim is still intact, Judge Ira Gammerman threw out his fraud claim, as well as Rather’s allegation that CBS executives damaged his ability to find another job, reports Reuters.
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal partner Martin Gold represents Rather. In an e-mailed statement, the New York-based litigator said that Judge Gammerman’s decision “leaves in place the entire essence of Mr. Rather’s lawsuit against CBS and Viacom.” Though Gold said that “not every legal theory of the case” survived, he emphasized that the court has allowed the case to proceed to discovery and a trial, and that Rather’s $70 million claim for compensatory and punitive damages remains.
Rather left CBS in 2005 in the wake of a controversy surrounding a news report that called President Bush’s service in the National Guard into question.
James Quinn, co-chair of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ global litigation and regulatory practice, represents CBS. Quinn is also based in New York.