The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday notified Judge Barbara S. Jones, the presiding judge in the government's antitrust case against Visa and MasterCard, that it is dropping several people from its witness list, including all the Discover card executives and John Reed, the former co-CEO of Citigroup.

The government said it no longer intends to call to the stand Philip Purcell, chairman and chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co.; David Nelms, president and chief operating officer of Discover Financial Services; or Roger Hochschild, executive vice president of business development at Discover.

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