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Judge Assigns Special Master In LCD Antitrust Case

Law360 (July 31, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The immense volume of cases pending in the massive multidistrict antitrust litigation against TFT-LCD manufacturers has forced the presiding judge to appoint a special master to help take the load off.

U.S District Judge Susan Illston issued her order Friday with the consent of all parties in the putative class action, recruiting a retired compatriot, Judge Fern M. Smith, to the $700-an-hour role.

Judge Illston said Judge Smith's appointment to the long-running litigation consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California was...
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