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Redstone deposition put on hold in Viacom shareholder suit

A Delaware judge on Thursday granted a request by attorneys for Sumner Redstone to halt evidence gathering, including a possible deposition of the ailing media mogul, in a Viacom shareholder lawsuit until he rules on a defense motion to dismiss the complaint.

After hearing arguments from attorneys, Chancellor Andre Bouchard agreed to put the case on hold until he hears arguments in January on the motion to dismiss and issues his ruling.

The shareholder plaintiffs are challenging actions taken by Viacom's board in re-nominating Redstone as a director earlier this year amid concerns about his health and mental capacity, and efforts by Redstone and his daughter, Shari, to...