A New York state Supreme Court judge on Thursday tossed out four of the seven causes of action included in Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS. Each side claimed that Justice Ira Gammerman's ruling represented a victory for itself. Rather's attorneys said that the action would allow the key parts of the veteran journalist's lawsuit against the network to go forward, allowing Rather access to records that he has said would prove that CBS's decision to remove him as anchor of the nightly newscast was part of an effort to curry favor with the White House; CBS's lawyer said that the network was "obviously" pleased with the ruling, which in particular threw out individual claims against Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, CBS CEO Les Moonves and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. The judge also dismissed Rather's fraud claim, saying it was not filed within the statutory time limit. "Basically what's left is a garden-variety contract dispute based on whether Dan Rather got enough air time on 60 Minutes," the CBS lawyer, James Quinn, said.




11/04/2008