The special master appointed to handle discovery in a mammoth fraud and bribery suit against Prudential Life Insurance Co. has agreed to reduce his fees, even as the plaintiffs lawyers are trying to dispense with him altogether.

William Hunt said in an Aug. 19 letter to the parties that he would cut his hourly rate from $450 to $350. The concession came after plaintiffs lawyer Angela Roper sounded alarms over the $77,265 bill Hunt submitted for his first three weeks on the job. The rate reduction, retroactive to Hunt’s appointment, will shave about $17,000 off the total.

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