PHILADELPHIA - The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the Avandia multidistrict litigation on Feb. 19 asked the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rule whether third-party payers have pleaded viable Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claims in their class action complaints (In Re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 1871, No. 2:07-md-1871, Allied Services Division Welfare Fund v. GSK, No. 09-730, UFCW Local 1776 and Participating Employers Health and Welfare Fund v. GSK, No. 10-2475, United Benefit Fund v. GSK, No. 10-5419, E.D. Pa.).