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Oregon Mutual Ins. v. Seattle Collision

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 16, 2010
403 F. App'x 249 (9th Cir. 2010)


No. 09-36105.

Argued and Submitted October 4, 2010.

Filed November 16, 2010.

Timothy M. Blood, Esquire, Richard L. Martens, Senior, Steven A. Stolle, Esquire, Martens Associates P.S., Seattle, WA, for Defendants-third-party-plaintiffs-Appellants.

Thomas J. Braun, William A. Pelandini, Nicoll Black Feig PLLC, Seattle, WA, for Third-party-defendant-Appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wash ington, James L. Robart, District Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. 2:08-cv-01670-JLR.

Before: THOMAS and M. SMITH, Circuit Judges, and EZRA, District Judge.

The Honorable David A. Ezra, United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii, sitting by designation.


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.

Seattle Collision Center Inc. and its principal owners, Todd and Karen Sullivan (collectively "SCC"), appeal the district court's judgment granting in part and denying in part the motion for summary judgment brought by third-party defendants American States Insurance Company and Safeco Insurance Company of America (collectively "Safeco"). We affirm. Because the parties are familiar with the factual and procedural history of this case, we need not recount it here.


Contrary to SCC's assertion, the district court had the power to exercise supplemental jurisdiction, even though it had resolved the claims over which it had original jurisdiction. 28 U.S.C. § 1367(a). Therefore, retaining supplemental jurisdiction in this case was a proper exercise of discretion by the district court. Acri v. Vanan Assocs., Inc., 114 F.3d 999, 1000 (9th Cir. 1997).


The district court properly granted summary judgment on SCC's claims. "The duty to defend arises when a complaint against the insured, construed liberally, alleges facts which could, if proven, impose liability upon the insured within the policy's coverage." Am. Best Food, Inc. v. Alea London, Ltd.,

168 Wash.2d 398, 404-05, 229 P.3d 693, 696 (Wash. 2010) (quotations omitted). The facts alleged in the underlying complaint do not give rise to a duty to defend. The allegations arise solely out of violations of Washington's Model Toxics Control Act and only claim past and future remedial action costs associated with traditional environmental pollution. Safeco's pollution exclusion clauses, as interpreted under Washington law, clearly and unambiguously exclude liability for such traditional environmental harms. Kent Farms, Inc. v. Zurich Ins. Co., 140 Wash.2d 396, 400-02, 998 P.2d 292, 295-96 (Wash. 2000).


The district court did not improperly allocate the burden of proof. McDonald v. State Farm Fire and Cos. Co., 119 Wash.2d 724, 731, 837 P.2d 1000, 1003-05 (Wash. 1992). It did not abuse its discretion in striking the surreply brief. SCC has had a full opportunity to present its arguments to us on the merits.


Summaries of

Oregon Mutual Ins. v. Seattle Collision

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 16, 2010
403 F. App'x 249 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Oregon Mutual Ins. v. Seattle Collision

Case Details


Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 16, 2010


403 F. App'x 249 (9th Cir. 2010)

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