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La Buy v. Howes Leather Co.

United States Supreme Court
352 U.S. 249 (1957)


Facts

Two antitrust actions were filed in the district court. They involved multiple plaintiffs and defendants and were “burdensome” on the district judge, Judge La Buy. Due to the burden and complexity of the cases, along with the congestion in his court, Judge La Buy entered orders referring the cases for trial before a master. Petitions for mandamus subsequently were filed seeking writs of mandamus ordering La Buy to vacate the orders. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued the writs under the All Writs Act, ordering La Buy to vacate his orders and hear the case. La Buy appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

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