The special master appointed to Sun Microsystems' lawsuit against Microsoft has stepped down because his law firm's pension fund invests in Big Green stock.
John Flaherty, a retired California state judge, was assigned to the case last week to determine which trial documents submitted by the two parties can be unsealed and made publically available. He was due to review Sun's motion on Thursday.
The news comes only a week before Microsoft and Sun are due to appear before judge Ronald Whyte to present their oral arguments, but Whyte will now have to appoint a new special master.
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