California’s First-to-File Rule Does Not Apply to Similar Cases with Separate Claims

Both Allstate and State Farm filed separate qui tam suits against Dr. Sonny Rubin of Newport Beach, California alleging false claims made after treating auto-accident claimants. An Orange County Superior Court Judge dismissed State Farm’s lawsuit under California’s first-to-file rule. The Fourth District Court of Appeals reversed that decision. The two insurers’ claims involved separate pools of patients which means the first-to-file rule did not apply. Read more about the case here.