Wouldn't the Killian's and Hodge's have cause for action? I would think so since cBS has caused defamation of their characters by using faked and forged documents.
Not sure about Hodge. Killian is dead. One of the fundamental rules of defamation law is that when the victim dies, the case disappears. That's why I said that one of Staudt's biggest problems is living long enough to take it to trial. He's 84, and you can bet that CBS's lawyers would drag it out in the hopes that he'd die.