Published: Sep 07, 2010 9:49 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2010 6:49 PM EDT

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) - Drugmaker Merck & Co. says arbitration will begin in late September in its dispute with Johnson & Johnson over revenue from two blockbuster drugs for rheumatoid arthritis.

The dispute arose when Merck bought Schering-Plough Corp., which has shared billions in revenue with J&J from Remicade and a successor drug, Simponi.

Merck structured its purchase of Schering-Plough as a reverse merger, meaning that Schering-Plough technically was the surviving corporation. That was an attempt to block change-of-control provisions in Schering's contract with J&J.

Johnson & Johnson has argued that those provisions are in force and that it is entitled to Schering-Plough's share of revenue from the drugs - roughly $2 billion a year - plus damages.