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White House appoints new judge to DOJ vs. NAR

U.S. District Court Judge Mark R. Filip nominated as deputy A.G.

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The Bush administration's appointment of a new attorney general has trickled down to the 2-year-old antitrust legal battle brought by the federal government against the National Association of Realtors. U.S. District Court Judge Mark R. Filip of Chicago, who has presided over the antitrust case related to the Realtor group's approval of policies for the online sharing and display of property information, has been tapped by the White House and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to serve as deputy attorney general. In a court filing this week, U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman, who serves in the Northern District of Illinois, stated that Filip "should not preside over criminal cases or civil cases in which the United States is a party while his nomination is pending," and ordered that those cases be reassigned to other judges. Filip, 41, if his nomination is approved, would replace Craig Morford, who is serving as acting deputy attorney general. U.S. District Court Judge...