Sumner Redstone Defeats Nephew in Court

Judge rules against Michael Redstone over shares of grandfather’s National Amusements.

Last Updated: December 2, 2009 @ 7:31 AM

Sumner Redstone has prevailed in his latest family legal squabble, this time with nephew Michael Redstone over a disputed trust in a case that could have cost the media mogul hundreds of millions of dollars.

At issue was Michael Redstone’s contention that he’d been unfairly deprived of shares in National Amusements Inc., the holding company through which Sumner Redstone owns controlling stakes in CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. Michael claimed that his late grandfather, Mickey Redstone — Sumner’s father and National Amusements’ founder — had created an oral trust to give him additional shares in the company.

Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Margaret R. Hinkle ruled against Michael Redstone.

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