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Sumner Redstone's legal travails are a sideshow. The real question is what will become of Viacom?

Sumner Redstone's legal travails are a sideshow. The real question is what will become of Viacom?

Tout ça pour ça as they say in French — all this for this?

The hyperventilated drama over Sumner Redstone's mental fitness boiled down to a video deposition last week. The media billionaire — however diminished at 92 years old — still had enough fight left in him to call his former girlfriend Manuela Herzer an unprintable slur.

Thus a few choice words ended a trial that had the media lined up in the hallway of Superior Court straining at the leash to learn the dirty details of Redstone's life as his former girlfriend challenged his family for caretaking control. On Monday, Judge David Cowan dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning...

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