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“First-to-file” rule won’t reward forum shopping (access required)

A mattress company could not use a first-filed declaratory judgment complaint in Virginia courts to pull its trade-secrets dispute with an Ohio company to Virginia, the court held. Plaintiff MCCOA and Defendant RSS are both mattress retail companies. MCCOA is owned by Kathleen Bauer, whose son Corey owns another mattress company (Mattress Clearance Centers of America ...