Analysts, reporters back Rocker

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Rocker Partners founder David Rocker has gotten a boost in his legal battle with Overstock.com chief executive Patrick Byrne in the form of amicus briefs filed by both financial analyst and journalist associations.

Overstock sued Rocker Partners and independent research firm Gradient Analytics (among others) last year, arguing that the defendants conspired to drag down Overstock shares.

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Since then, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has looked into the allegations, which found their way into recent discussion about hedge fund regulation on Capitol Hill. Despite a brief brouhaha following the SEC's subpoenaing of several