Judge dismisses parts of Dan Rather's lawsuit

April 10, 2008 10:22:04 PM PDT
A Manhattan judge has allowed Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit to go forward but has dismissed portions.

Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman on Thursday struck down the parts of the suit that name Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, CBS President Leslie Moonves and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward.

Rather's last months at CBS were clouded by a disputed story on President Bush's Vietnam-era military service. He says his employers made him a "scapegoat" to placate the White House after questions arose about the story.

A lawyer for all of the defendants, James Quinn, says: "We are very pleased with this. The rest is what we consider a garden variety contract dispute."

Viacom Inc. is CBS's former parent company.