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Posts Tagged ‘Martin R. Gold’

Rather Case Continues Next Week

rather_10-8.jpgThe judge in Dan Rather‘s case against CBS made another ruling late yesterday, though not much was decided.

Rather’s lawyers are now responsible for coming up with a new amended complaint by next Tuesday.

Rather’s lead attorney Martin R. Gold, issued this statement:

Justice Gammerman indicated his continued desire to move toward trial. He will be considering Mr. Rather’s second amended complaint, which adds more detail to the damages he suffered because of CBS’s acts of fraud. Justice Gammerman will also address the Thornburgh Panel’s attempt to block important documents from discovery.

Mindy Spector, a partner in the firm representing CBS, tells TVNewser, “Things went well yesterday as expected.” Spector expects the judge to reject the motion to amend.

One of the new issues raised by Rather’s lawyers was that he could have earned millions of dollars from future anchor jobs, specifically mentioning CNN. “There is nothing at this point other than sheer speculation from Dan Rather that any other network would have hired him or was interested in hiring him,” Spector said. However, Rather has worked for HDNet for two years.

As for the possibility of an upcoming trial, Spector tells us: “We are looking forward to being able to show we in fact complied with the contract.”

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Rather Allowed to Proceed With Some of Lawsuit

The judge made a ruling today in Dan Rather‘s lawsuit against CBS, and the result — some of his suit against his former employer was allowed to move forward.

And so it continues. But who won the day?

Statement from CBS:

We are extremely gratified that the court has now dismissed the vast majority of Mr. Rather’s claims, including the fraud and tortious interference with contract claims, all claims against the individual defendants, as well as all the claims against new Viacom. We expect, once we complete the discovery process, that the only two claims that remain in the case — breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty — will also be dismissed.

Statement from Rather’s lead counsel, Martin R. Gold:

CBS has again failed to win dismissal of Mr. Rather’s $70 million lawsuit. Justice Gammerman held that all of the allegations of CBS’ misconduct remain in the case. Mr. Rather can proceed with his breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims, and may seek both compensatory and punitive damages. The Court ordered that all discovery must proceed, and made clear that Mr. Rather’s claims will be heard by a jury.