Tall Tree insured Hewlett Packard, and was reinsured by Munich Reinsurance for amounts Tall Tree was required to pay to Hewlett Packard. Hewlett Packard was involved in litigation under which liabilities arose. Rather than first indemnifying Hewlett Packard, Tall Tree sued Munich Reinsurance in federal district court, seeking a declaratory judgment that Tall Tree was obligated to pay Hewlett Packard and that, in turn, Munich Reinsurance was obligated to pay Tall Tree. The court would not entertain the case: Tall Tree lacked standing to assert its claims. As to the question of whether Tall Tree was obligated to pay Hewlett Packard, the court noted that there was no live controversy before it; Tall Tree “can simply pay HP.” There was also no live controversy on the question of whether Munich Reinsurance was obligated to pay Tall Tree. The “follow the fortunes” doctrine did not apply because Tall Tree had not yet paid Hewlett Packard; there was essentially no "fortune" yet to follow, and the request for declaratory relief hence was premature. The case was dismissed. The Tall Tree Insurance Co. v. Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., Case No. C-08-1060 (USDC N.D. Cal. July 29, 2008).