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7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
8 AT SEATTLE

9 KING COUNTY, a Washington municipal )
corporation, )
10 ) Case No.
Plaintiff, )
11 ) COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY
v. ) RELIEF AND DAMAGES
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ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE JURY DEMAND
13 COMPANY, a Pennsylvania corporation )
)
14 Defendant. )
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15

16 COMES NOW Plaintiff, King County, and alleges as follows:

17 I. PARTIES

18 1. King County is a Washington municipal corporation.
19 2. Ace American Insurance Company (hereinafter "Ace") is a foreign insurance

20 company authorized to do business in the state of Washington. Ace is a Pennsylvania
21 corporation, with its principal place of business in Philadelphia, and is a citizen of that state.
22 II. JURISDICTION AND VENUE

23 3. The Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
24 § 1332. This matter involves citizens of different states; King County is considered a citizen of
25 Washington State and Ace is a citizen of the State oi' Pennsylvania. King County seeks more
26 than $75,000 from Ace and, as such, this is a case or controversy in which damages exceed

27 $75,000.
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1 4. The Court also has subject matter jurisdiction because this is an action for

2 declaratory judgment pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2202, and supplemental jurisdiction
3 pursuant to RCW § 7.24.010.
4 5. The Court has personal jurisdiction over Ace because Ace is a foreign insurer
5 authorized to do and does business in the State ofWashington and in King County, Washington.

6 6. Venue is proper because the events giving rise to this action took place in Seattle,
7 King County, Washington.
8 III. FACTS

9 7. King County is the owner of a new wastewater storage facility that was built in
10 south Magnolia in Seattle, Washington (the "Project").
11 8. This newly constructed facility consists of a diversion structure, a 3,000 lineal
12 foot underground conveyance pipe 30 inches in diameter ("Underground Conveyance Pipe"),
13 and a 1.5 million gallon storage tank at the foot of Magnolia Hill. The Magnolia Wet Weather
14 Storage Facility was designed to reduce overflows of excess stormwater and sewage to Puget
15 Sound during heavy rains. The facility was constructed to handle overflow wastewater due to
16 storm water surges that would otherwise be directed into Elliott Bay. The County is under a
17 Consent Decree withtheU.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department
18 of Ecology to reduce overflow. This Project was intended to fulfill that commitment. The
19 Underground Conveyance Pipe was installed 150 feet below ground surface and was designed
20 with a gradual slope to keep the wastewater flowing by gravity.
21 9. Pursuant to RCW 39.26.160(l)(a)(iii) King County awarded the construction
22 contract as the general contractor for the Project to the Walsh Construction Company II, LLC
23 ("Walsh") as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder.
24 10. Ace American Insurance Company issued a Builder's Risk policy, No.
25 121101291001 to Walsh covering the Project (the "Policy"). In accordance with the contractual
26 requirements inthe King County - Walsh construction contract, Ace named King County as an
27 additional insured on the Policy.

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1 11. During construction of the Project on or about December 19, 2014, the
2 Underground Conveyance Pipe was damaged when the head was pulled off during pull back. A
3 claim under the Policy was submitted for the pull-head break and Ace accepted the claim and
4 paid thecosts to remediate the resultant damage. Afterthe damage during the pullback, the pipe's
5 structural integrity was compromised such that portions of the pipe fractured, which gradually
6 led to a total loss of the Underground Conveyance Pipe, including complete blockage and other
7 damage.
8 12. On December 22, 2015, King County issued a letter acknowledging to Walsh
9 that the Project has reached substantial completion.
10 13. The newly constructed wastewater system appeared to work in the months
11 following substantial completion during Seattle's rainy season.
12 14. On September 19, 2016, following a relatively long dry spell, King County
13 engineers noticed asmall temperature dip alarm on the conveyance system's portable flow meter
14 data. This dip was significantly lower than the expected threshold level. As such, King County
15 suspected a valve malfunction and investigated. This investigation revealed that the upper
16 diversion station was completely filled with wastewater, which by design should have been
17 flowing downward (via gravity) into the 1.5 million gallon storage tank. Eventually, the
18 County's investigation revealed that Underground Conveyance Pipe was plugged with soil and
19 that significant chunks of broken pipe had been carried "downstream" within the pipe and the
20 County informed Walsh of the failed system, which was still under the Contractor's one year
21 warranty.

22 15. On November 22,2016, Walsh provided notice to Ace of the above loss.
23 16. On December 16, 2016, Ace acknowledged receipt of the loss and denied
24 coverage, stating:

25 [I]t appears that this loss occurred after theNovember 20,2015expiration
of the Builder's Risk Policy and the December 22, 2015 Substantial
26 Completion Date.
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1 17. Thereafter, without the benefit of its insurance that was purchased for this

2 Project, King County undertook an extensive investigation as to the cause of the Magnolia
3 Underground Conveyance Pipe failure. King County's analysis, buttressed by its consulting
4 engineers, concluded that the cause of the pipeline failure and damage to the Underground
5 Conveyance Pipeline system occurred during the installation of the pipeline and significantly
6 earlierthan the date Ace alleged to be the Policy's expiration date as described above.
7 18. On March 22, 2018, Walsh presented the results of King County's investigation
8 to Ace and requested, on its behalfand that of the additional insureds, that Ace reconsider its
9 denial of December 15, 2016. Ace did not respond. On or about July 3, 2018, Walsh contacted
10 Ace because of its failure to not respond to the March 22nd letter. Walsh's attorney, Mr. John
11 Ahlers, spoke to Ms. Benzoni of Ace and suggested a face-to-face meeting in Seattle. Mr. Ahlers
12 then followed up with an email confirming this offer. Ace also did not respond to this request.
13 19. Subsequently and by way of follow-up, King County's attorneys wrote to Ace on
14 July 25, 2015, offering to answer any questions Ace had with regard to the finding of when the
15 damage to the Underground Conveyance Pipe occurred and reiterated theofferto meet with Ace
16 either in Seattle or in Delaware to discuss its denial of Walsh's tender. Again, Ace did not

17 respond.
18 20. Concerned with Ace's lack of response to its named andadditional insureds, King
19 County's Construction Unit Manager directly contacted Ms. Benzoni of AceonAugust 17,2018
20 and again on September 7, 2018, inquiring about the status of the claim. These telephone calls
21 were followed by aletter from King County to Ms. Benzoni onOctober 1,2018, again requesting
22 Acerespond to Walsh's and King County's request for coverage under the Policy, as set forth in
23 Walsh's May 22, 2018 correspondence and King County's July 25, 2018 correspondence.
24 These requests went unanswered.
25 21. As a result of Ace's refusal to reconsider its denial of Walsh's tender under the
26 Policy and honor the terms of its Policy and even undertake its duty to investigate, King County
27 has directly incurred in excess of $20,000,000 in repair costs to the wastewater conveyance
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1 system in an effort to promptly bring the system back on line and fulfill its commitment under
2 the Consent Decree

3 22. On December 6, 2018, King County provided Ace with notice under RCW
4 48.30.015(8)(a), Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act. The notice informed Ace that King
5 County may file suit for Ace's unreasonable denial of coverage inviolation of the statute and for
6 Ace's failure to satisfy certain Washington insurance claim handling regulations. More than 20
7 days have passed since King County gave the notice, and Ace continues to deny King County's
8 claim.

9 IV. FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION - DECLARATORY RELIEF
10 23. The allegations of Plaintiffs Complaint Paragraphs 1-22 are incorporated herein
11 by reference.
12 24. An actual controversy exists between King County and Ace concerning the rights
13 and obligations of this insurance under Policy No. 121101291001. King County is entitled to
14 a declaration regarding Ace's Policy obligations and to adeclaration that King County's claim
15 is covered by Ace's Builder's Risk Policy.
16 25. King County also seeks a declaration that Ace's acts, admissions, and breaches
17 cannot be excused, are in violation of Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act, and that Ace is
18 estopped from denying coverage under the terms of its Builder's Risk Policy.
19 V. SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION -BREACH OF CONTRACT
20 26. The allegations in Plaintiffs Complaint Paragraphs 1-25 are incorporated herein
21 by reference.
22 27. Ace has a contractual obligation to King County, as an additional insured under
23 Ace's Policy, and a contractual duty to reimburse King County for the repair cost King County
24 incurred.

25 28. Ace, by failing to timely reconsider its denial of coverage notwithstanding being
26 provided the results of King County's investigation into the loss, and by failing to acknowledge
27 or respond to King County, has breached its contract with King County.
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1 29. King County has been damaged by Ace's breaches, which includes King
2 County's repair costs which are in excess of $20,000,000, and such other damages as may be
3 proven at trial.
VI. THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION - NEGLIGENCE

5 30. The allegations in Plaintiffs Complaint Paragraphs 1-29 are incorporated herein
6 by reference
7 31. Ace owes King County common law duties including the obligation to handle
8 King County's claim with reasonable care, and the obligation to fully and promptly conduct an
9 appropriate investigation
Io 32. Ace negligently breached these duties to King County, which proximately caused
II harm and consequential damages to King County which are in excess of $20,000,000, and such
12 other amounts as may be proven at trial

13 VII. FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION - EXTRA CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY/BAD
FAITH/CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
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33. The allegations in Plaintiffs Complaint Paragraphs 1-32 are incorporated herein
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by reference.
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34. Ace owes statutory - RCW § 48.01.030; regulatory - WAC 284-30-330, WAC
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284-30-360, WAC 284-30-370; and common law duties to King County, which include, but are
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not limited to, the duty of good faith and fair dealing, the obligation to consider King County's
19
interest equally with Ace's own interest, to conduct a prompt, fair and adequate investigation, to
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timely respond to pertinent communications, and to act with honesty and lawful purpose.
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35. Ace has breached one or more of the above duties, rendering it liable for the tort
22
of bad faith.
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36. Ace's conduct constitutes violations of Washington's Consumer Protection Act,
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RCW 19.86 etseq.
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37. Ace's conduct proximately damaged King Countyand its business and property,
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which includes King County's repaircosts which are in excess of $20,000,000, attorneys' fees,
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1 and costs, and such other amounts as may be proven at trial. Under the Consumer Protect Act,

2 King County is entitled to seek treble damages and attorneys' fees against Ace as a result of
3 Ace's actions and omissions.

4 38. As a further consequence of its conduct, Ace has forfeited its rights to deny
5 coverage and is estopped from so doing, and is liable under theterms of its Builder'sRisk Policy
6 to the full amount of King County's repair costs.

7 vni. FIFTH CAUSE OF ACTION - INSURANCE FAIR CONDUCT ACT

8 39. Theallegations in Plaintiffs Complaint Paragraphs 1-38 are incorporated herein
9 by reference.
10 40. More than 20 days have passed since King County gave notice to Ace of its
11 breaches under RCW § 48.30.015 for unreasonably denying coverage of this claim, and under
12 WAC regulation 284-30-330 ("IFCA Notice").
13 41. Ace's conduct damaged King County, forcing King County to investigate and
14 repair the Magnolia conveyance system at King County's own expense, such repair costs which
15 are in excess of $20,000,000, and such other damages as may be proven at trial.
16 42. Under the Insurance FairConduct Act, KingCountyseeksand is entitled to treble
17 damages and attorneys' fees as a result of Ace's actions and omissions.
18 PRAYER FOR RELIEF

19 Wherefore, King County prays for the following relief:
20 1. For a declaration consistent with the allegations herein;
21 2. Foraward of all monetary damages legally available as a result of Ace's breaches,
22 acts and admissions;

23 3. Foraward of damages recoverable under Washington's Consumer Protection Act,

24 RCW 19.86;

25 4. For award of treble damages under RCW 48.30.015(2);

26 5. For an award of all costs taxed against King County with respect to the claims
27 asserted in this Complaint;

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1 6. For award of pre- and post-judgment interest for the full extent allowed by law;
2 7. For an award ofattorneys' fees and other costs of litigation recoverable under the
3 applicable statutes and common law, including but not limited to RCW 19.86.090,
4 RCW 48.30.015(3); and Olympic Steamship, Inc. v. Centennial Insurance Co., 117 Wn.2d 37

5 (1991); and

6 8. For such other relief as this Honorable Court seems equitable and just.

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DATED: December 31, 2018
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By s/Stanton Phillip Beck
«n Stanton Phillip Beck, WSBA No. 16212
1u 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200
P.O. Box 91302
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Seattle, WA 98111-9402
,0 Telephone: 206.223.7000
u Facsimile: 206.223.7107
,- Email: becks@lanepowell.com

H LANE POWELL PC
15 By s/Mark G. Beard
Mark G. Beard, WSBA No. 11737
16 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200
P.O. Box 91302
17 Seattle, WA 98111-9402
Telephone: 206.223.7000
18 Facsimile: 206.223.7107
Email: bearding lanepowell.com
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LANE POWELL PC
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01 By s/Jennifer Beverlein
11 Jennifer Beyerlein, WSBA No. 35754
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200
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P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-9402
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Telephone: 206.223.7000
Facsimile: 206.223.7107
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Email: beyerleinj@Ianepowell.com
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Attorneys for King County
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JS44 (Rev. 06/17) CIVIL COVER SHEET
TheJS44civil coversheet andtheinformation contained herein neither replace norsupplement thefiling andservice of pleadings or otherpapers as required bylaw, except as
provided by local rulesof court. This form, approved by the JudicialConference of the United States in September 1974,is requiredfor the use of the Clerkof Court for the
purpose ofinitiating the civil docket sheet. (SEE INSTRUCTIONS ONNEXT PAGE OFTHIS FOliM.)

I. (a) PLAINTIFFS DEFENDANTS

KING COUNTY, a Washington municipal corporation Ace American Insurance Company, a Pennsylvania corporation

(b) County ofResidence ofFirst Listed Plaintiff King Countyof Residence of FirstListed Defendant
(EXCEPT IN U.S. PIAINTIFFCASES) (IN U.S. PIAINTIFF CASESONLY)
NOTE: IN LAND CONDEMNATION CASES, USE THE LOCATION OF
THE TRACT OF LAND INVOLVED.

(c) Attorneys (Firm Name, Address, andTelephone Number) Attorneys (IfKnown)
Stanton P. Beck WSBA 16212, Mark G. Beard WSBA 11737,
Jennifer M. Beyerlein, WSBA 35754, Lane Powell PC, 1420 Fifth Ave.
No. 4200, Seattle, WA 98111 206-223-7000

II. BASIS OF JURISDICTION (Placean "X" inOne BoxOnly) III. CITIZENSHIP OF PRINCIPAL PARTIES (Place an"X"in OneBoxforPlaintiff
(ForDiversity Cases Only) andOne Boxfor Defendant)
D I U.S. Government O 3 Federal Question PTF DEF PTF DEF
Plaintiff (U.S Government Not a Party) Citizen ofThisState 0 1 0 1 Incorporated orPrincipal Place 39 4 O4
of Business In This State

o 2 U.S. Government o 4 Diversity Citizen of Another State 0 2 O 2 Incorporated and Principal Place as «s
Defendant (IndicateCitizenshipofParlies in ItemIII) of Business In Another State

Citizen or Subject of a O 3 0 3 Foreign Nation O 6 O 6
Foreign Country

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1 CXMJTRACT TORTS FORFEITURE/PENALTY BANKRUPTCY OTHER STATUTES 1

H 110 Insurance PERSONAL INJURY PERSONAL INJURY O 62S Drug RelatedSeizure O 422 Appeal 28 USC 158 O 375 False Claims Act
O 310 Airplane O 365 Personal Injury • of Property 21 USC 881 O 423 Withdrawal O 376 Qui Tarn (31 USC
0 120 Marine
O 130 Miller Act O 315 Airplane Product Product Liability O 690 Other 28 USC 157 3729(a))
O 140 Negotiable Instrument Liability O 367 Health Care/ O 400 State Reapportionment
Pharmaceutical PROPERTY RIGHTS O 410 Antitrust
O 150 Recovery ofOverpayment O 320 Assault, Libel &
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O 330 Federal Employers' Product Liability O 830 Patent O 450 Commerce
O 151 Medicare Act
O 152 Recovery of Defaulted Liability O 368 Asbestos Personal O 835 Patent • Abbreviated O 460 Deportation
Student Loans O 340 Marine Injury Product New Drug Application O 470 Racketeer Influenced and
Liability O 840 Trademark Corrupt Organizations
(Excludes Veterans) O 345 Marine Product
PERSONAL PROPERTY LABOR SOCIAL SECURITY O 480 Consumer Credit
O 153 Recovery ofOverpayment Liability
of Veteran's Benefits O 350 Motor Vehicle O 370 Other Fraud O 710 Fair Labor Standards O 861HIA(139Sff) O 490 Cable/Sat TV
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O 160 Stockholders'Suits O 355 Motor Vehicle
Product Liability O 380 Other Personal O 720 Labor/Management O 863 DIWC/DIWW (405(g)) Exchange
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O 195Contract Product Liability
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ProductLiability O 751 Family and Medical O 893 Environmental Matters
O 362 PersonalInjury-
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CIVIL RIGHTS PRISONER PETITIONS O 790 Other Labor Litigation FEDERAL TAX SUITS Act
1 REAL PROPERTY
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O 442 Employment O 510 Motions to Vacate O 871 IRS—Third Party Act/Review or Appeal of
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O 443 Housing/ Sentence 26 USC 7609 Agency Decision
O 240 Torts to Land
Accommodations O 530 General O 950 Constitutionality of
O 245 Tort Product Liability
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• 290 All Other Real Property
Employment Other: O 462 Naturalization Application
O 446 Amer. w/Disabilities • O 540 Mandamus & Other O 465 Other Immigration
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Cite the U.S. Civil Statute under which you are filing (Do notcitejurisdictional statutes unless diversity):
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VI. CAUSE OF ACTION Brief description of cause:
Plaintiff seeks coverage and bad faith damages
VII. REQUESTED IN CHECK IF THIS IS A CLASS ACTION DEMAND S CHECK YES only if demanded in complaint:
COMPLAINT: LTNDERRULE23,F.R.Cv.P. 20,000,000.00 JURY DEMAND: K Yes ONo
VIII. RELATED CASE(S)
(See instructions):
IF ANY JUDGE DOCKET NUMBER

DATE SIGNATURE OF ATTORNEY OF RECORD

s/Mark G. Beard, WSBA No. 11737
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

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I.(a) Plaintiffs-Defendants. Enter names (last, first, middle initial) of plaintiff and defendant. If theplaintiff or defendant is a government agency, use
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then the official, giving both name and title.
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time of filing. InU.S. plaintiff cases, enter the name ofthe county inwhich the first listed defendant resides at the time of filing. (NOTE: Inland
condemnation cases, thecounty of residence of the "defendant" is thelocation of thetractof land involved.)
(c) Attorneys. Enter the firm name, address, telephone number, and attorney ofrecord. Ifthere are several attorneys, list them on anattachment, noting
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Date and Attorney Signature. Dateand sign the civil coversheet.
AO 440 (Rev. 06/12) Summons in a Civil Action

United States District Court
for the

Western District of Washington

KING COUNTY, a Washington municipal corporation

Plaintiffs)
v. { Civil Action No.
ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY, a
Pennsylvania corporation

Defendant(s)

SUMMONS IN A CIVIL ACTION

To: (Defendant's name and address) ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY
436 WALNUT ST
PO BOX 1000
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

A lawsuit has been filed against you.

Within 21 days after service of this summons onyou (not counting the day you received it)— or 60 days if you
arethe United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed. R. Civ.
P. 12 (a)(2) or(3) — you must serve onthe plaintiff an answer to the attached complaint ora motion under Rule 12 of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The answer or motion must be served on the plaintiff or plaintiffs attorney,
whose name and address are: Stanton P. Beck, Mark G. Beard
Jennifer M. Beyerlein
Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Ave. No. 4200
PO Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111

Ifyou fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for therelief demanded inthe complaint.
You also must file your answer or motion with the court.

CLERK OF COURT

Date:
Signature ofClerkor DeputyClerk
AO 440 (Rev. 06/12) Summons in a Civil Action (Page 2)

Civil Action No.

PROOF OF SERVICE
(Thissection should not befiled with the courtunless required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 (I))

This summons for (name of individual andtitle, ifany)
was received by me on (date)

D I personally served the summons on the individual at (place)
on (date) ; or

D I left the summons at the individual's residence or usual place of abode with (name)
, a person of suitable age and discretion who resides there,
on (date) , and mailed a copy to the individual's last known address; or

O Iserved the summons on (name ofindividual) >who is
designated by law to accept service of process on behalfof (name oforganization)
on (date) ; or

0 I returned the summons unexecuted because ; or

• Other (specify):

My fees are$ fortravel and $ for services, fora total of $ q.qq

1declare under penalty of perjury that this information is true.

Date:
Server's signature

Printed name and title

Server's address

Additional information regarding attempted service, etc: