A federal judge has ruled that her court has jurisdiction over whether a firm litigating Avandia cases in Illinois state court must pay a fee for the work product developed by the plaintiffs steering committee in the federal Avandia multidistrict litigation.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said the Law Offices of Steven Johnson, handling Avandia litigation in state court, had to pay a percentage of the recovery from the resolution of those cases to the common benefit fund in the MDL for the firm’s use of a “trial in a box.”

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