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Federal District Court Adopts Reports, Recommendations of Special Master Jim Rill


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 6, 2011 -- On September 29, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor accepted the reports and recommendations of special master and Baker Botts L.L.P. senior counsel Jim Rill in the matter of Gulf States Reorganization Group, Inc. v Nucor Corporation et al, granting summary judgment to Nucor. The case was argued in Judge Proctor’s court in the Northern District of Alabama, Eastern Division.

Rill, an antitrust lawyer at Baker Botts, was appointed special master for this case in 2009. Since then he has issued four (4) reports and a series of recommendations concerning GSRG’s claim that Nucor had created a monopoly of the hot rolled coil market in the Southeast.

Rill recommended that summary judgment be entered against Gulf States Reorganization Group (GSRG) “because its expert … failed to present sufficient evidence regarding the relevant product market.” The court also adopted his conclusions that the plaintiff had failed to carry its burden on geographic market and competitive effect.

The court ordered all special master reports be adopted and recommendations be accepted.

Rill has served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, as well as chairman of the ABA’s Antitrust Section.

“He is without question one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States,” Judge Proctor stated when appointing Rill special master two years ago.

To read the Court’s entire opinion please click here.

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