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Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to recover legal fees in Microsoft litigation

[JURIST] A federal judge sitting in Baltimore Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of lawyers seeking $24 million in legal fees for their work in the Microsoft antitrust cases [JURIST news archive], saying he did not have jurisdiction. The lawsuit was brought by a group of 27 law firms that represented plaintiffs in federal court who sought a share of the $79 million in fees that a group of 11 law firms received for state court cases against software giant Microsoft [corporate website]. The federal court lawyers claim they did significant work for the state court lawyers, including funding the litigation, taking depositions and working with experts. Over the past five years, attorneys at both the state and federal level have represented end-user plaintiffs in antitrust overcharge class action lawsuits against Microsoft. AP has more.

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