10:25am PT by Eriq Gardner
Sumner Redstone's Ex-Companion Denied New Trial in Healthcare Dispute
A trial judge won't give Manuela Herzer another shot in an attempt to restore her position as Sumner Redstone's health care agent. On Monday, a bid for a new trial was denied.
The decision follows a couple months of fury in the ongoing legal intrigue surrounding the 93-year-old media mogul, who owns a substantial portion of Viacom and CBS.
Herzer, a longtime companion of Redstone, filed a petition after being thrown out of his Beverly Hills home. In May, in the midst of a trial, L.A. Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan dismissed with prejudice the petition challenging Redstone's competency. Since that ruling, a legal war has erupted between Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and Sumner Redstone's daughter Shari Redstone over moves related to the company. Herzer's lawyers attempted to use some of the allegations of mental incompetency and undue influence to argue that newly discovered evidence and the opportunity to present a full case necessitated another trial.
Cowan now rules there are "no grounds" for one, which Herzer's attorney Pierce O'Donnnell promises will lead to an appeal.
In the meantime, Redstone's camp is cheering. His attorney Rob Klieger made a statement on his behalf: "We are pleased with the ruling and appreciate the extraordinary time and attention that Judge Cowan has devoted to this matter."