Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS Corp. has hit the end of the line.
The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected Rather’s request for an appeal of the dismissal of his $70 million breach of contract lawsuit against the Eye. The suit stemmed from the controversy over his 2004 report on newsmag “60 Minutes II” about President George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard service in the 1970s.
Rather’s suit, filed in 2007, was dismissed by a five-member appellate panel in September (Daily Variety, Sept. 30). The suit asserted that CBS execs, including CEO Leslie Moonves, damaged Rather’s long-term earnings potential by limiting his on-air reporting in the wake of the Bush scandal.
In a statement, Rather called Tuesday’s decision “a grave miscarriage of justice.” He said he was “disappointed that no court or jury studied the evidence and heard the actual facts of the case.”
A CBS rep said the network was “pleased with the outcome.”