ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY ET AL VS DAVID SHAWA M D ET AL

Background

According to the allegations, defendants engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to create fraudulent medical and chiropractic bills and records that were used to support the filing of false insurance claims to plaintiffs.

On October 28, 2013, plaintiffs filed a complaint asserting a sole cause of action for unfair competition. On June 10, 2014, the Court (Judge Duffy-Lewis) entered an order of dismissal after sustaining defendants’ demurrer without leave. The Court of Appeal reversed. On April 8, 2016, plaintiffs filed the operative first amended complaint (FAC) also asserting a sole cause of action for unfair competition.

On November 18, 2016, plaintiffs filed this opposed motion to quash 14 deposition subpoenas and for a protective order. Both parties request a monetary sanction. There is no dispute that the parties met and conferred. The Court considered the moving and opposition papers, and rules as follows. Although plaintiffs f........