Delaware Judge Sets October Trial For Viacom-Redstone Case, Includes Possible Mental Capacity Exam In Discovery
July 29, 2016 at 2:32 PM (PT)
At a hearing FRIDAY in DELAWARE, Judge ANDRE BOUCHARD has set a trial for the week of OCTOBER 17th in the battle between the former Chairman and current controlling stockholder of VIACOM and the board members he removed, and the judge included a medical examination to determine REDSTONE's competency as part of discovery.
Judge BOUCHARD asked attorneys for REDSTONE's NATIONAL AMUSEMENTS, whose motion to dismiss he rejected, and VIACOM to come up with a mutual plan by next week and asked VIACOM lawyers to proceed with their case alleging the 93-year-old REDSTONE's lack of mental capacity in a "dignified" manner and not as an "attack dog."
The case is one of two simultaneous actions over the removal of five directors, with CEO PHILIPPE DAUMAN and GEORGE ABRAMS filing suit in MASSACHUSETTS and the company suing in DELAWARE; REDSTONE's mental state is also an issue in former girlfriend MANUELA HERZER's revived suit challenging her removal as REDSTONE's health care representative. In each case, the plaintiffs are alleging that REDSTONE's daughter and VIACOM Vice Chair SHARI REDSTONE is exercising undue influence over her father's affairs. DAUMAN has been instrumental in attempting to sell a 49% stake in PARAMOUNT PICTURES, while the REDSTONES are against that move.