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CBS loses first round in fight against Redstone family

CBS Corp. has misplaced the first round in a struggle to break away from its controlling shareholder, however the prison fight is a ways from over.

A Delaware pass judgement on on Thursday denied CBS’s request for a short lived restraining order against the Redstone family that may have enabled the media corporate to strip its controlling shareholder of its balloting energy. The family’s protecting National Amusements Inc. controls just about 80% of the balloting energy at CBS.

The courtroom discovered CBS

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 wouldn’t face irreparable hurt with no restraining order, as it has different avenues to pursue prison motion if the Redstones take away administrators improperly or attempt to drive a merger of CBS with sister media corporate Viacom Inc.

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 in some way this is unfavorable to shareholders.

CBS mentioned it nonetheless plans to carry a unique board assembly at five p.m. on Thursday to imagine the approval of a inventory dividend that may dilute National Amusements’ balloting energy to 17%. However, National Amusements amended the corporate’s bylaws on Wednesday to require 90% of board participants to approve any such transfer, a threshold that successfully provides it veto energy.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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