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Imus to Sue CBS Despite Racist Remarks

Posted May 3, 2007 12:42 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Radio host Don Imus plans to sue CBS Radio to try to collect the $40 million balance of his five-year contract, despite having been fired April 12 for making racist remarks.

With the help of First Amendment legal eagle Martin Garbus of Davis & Gilbert in New York, the shock jock plans to seek to recover his $10 million annual pay, contending that he was fired in violation of his contractual rights, reports Fortune.

CBS says Imus was properly fired for cause. But a source told the magazine that Imus is suing based on contractual language that encouraged him to be irreverent and confrontational on-air. Plus, an unusual so-called one-bite clause in the contract allegedly required Imus to be warned -- once -- about bad language before being terminated.

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