A firm that used work product from a plaintiffs’ steering committee in the Avandia multidistrict litigation must pay a percentage of the settlement proceeds from its cases to the committee’s attorney compensation fund.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a ruling from the district judge presiding over the MDL that the Girardi Keese firm of Los Angeles—which represented thousands of plaintiffs in Avandia cases in California state court and 25 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania-based MDL—could not get out of paying into the committee’s “common benefit fund.”

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