Saturday, May 05, 2007

Imus To Sue CBS For $120 M

Report: Don Imus to Sue CBS Radio for $120 Million
May 4, 2007, via Radio Online

Former Westwood syndicated air talent and WFAN-AM/New York morning man Don Imus is going to sue CBS for $120 million, according to a draft copy of the complaint obtained by ABC News' Law & Justice Unit. The draft of suit, expected to be filed next week, says that the network expected him to be controversial and irreverent under the terms of his contract. And it claims Imus's show was on a 5-second delay that allowed the network to censor him if they wanted.
The draft points out that Imus wasn't fired for two weeks after the remarks were made, and that he did not violate FCC rules when he made racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Meanwhile, four former FCC commissioners contacted by ABC News say they do not believe that the speech was actionable under current federal guidelines.
In a statement released by CBS in response to news stories about the impending lawsuit, CBS said that "We terminated Mr. Imus for cause. Based on the comments in question and relevant contract terms, we believe that the termination was appropriate and CBS would expect to prevail in any attempt by Mr. Imus to recover money for his actions." ...read more: here

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