A judge in Los Angeles issued a key ruling Monday in the legal battle swirling around 92-year-old Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder in Viacom and CBS Corp.
The New York Post reports that the ruling establishes Shari Redstone, Sumner’s daughter, as chief decision maker in her father’s health care, should the elder Redstone become unable to express his wishes.
“A court video deposition appears to be confirmation that he is still able to make his views known,” the Post reports. “The deposition revealed that Redstone can still express his opinions, even if he can’t answer questions about his real birth name. The controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS told the court he wanted his daughter Shari in charge of his health care and the judge agreed with those wishes.”
“Shari Redstone has battled with [Viacom President, CEO and Chairman Philippe] Dauman, whom she feels should not have taken on the chairman’s title after her father stepped down,” the Post reports, adding: “A closer relationship between Shari and her father could spell bad news for Dauman. Now it will be up to Shari and new nursing help to determine Redstone’s wishes.”
Shari Redstone reportedly replaced Dauman as Sumner Redstone’s health care agent last month.