Stranger-Owned Insurance Scheme Cases Sent To Fla.

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge in Texas has cited the “first-to-file” rule in transferring eight consolidated cases to Florida, where West Coast Life Insurance Co. will duke it out with Wells Fargo & Co. over an alleged stranger-owned life insurance scheme.

Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas found that all of the suits involved the same legal issues, were based on the same life insurance policies and involved many of the same parties.

But because West Coast's suit...
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