In a proposed nationwide class action against companies that make flat-panel TV screens and similar products, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, of the Northern District of California, has just handed four San Francisco attorneys the key role of interim lead counsel.

Nineteen firms had been vying for control of the litigation, in which plaintiffs lawyers claim there was a long-running conspiracy to fix the price of liquid crystal display, or LCD, products. So far, more than 130 private suits have been consolidated in Illston’s court.

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