Top Notch Solutions, Inc. et al v. Crouse and Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc. et al

Filing 38

ORDER granting in part and denying in part defendant Crouse and Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc.'s 29 Motion to Dismiss; granting in part and denying in part defendant Pucin & Freidland, P.C.'s 28 Motion to Dismiss. Any second ame nded complaint shall be electronically filed within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this Order, and any responsive pleading or motion shall be filed within twenty-one (21) days after such amended pleading is filed. Signed by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (PM)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 4 5 TOP NOTCH SOLUTIONS, INC., et al., 6 Plaintiffs, 7 C17-827 TSZ v. 8 ORDER CROUSE AND ASSOCIATES INSURANCE BROKERS, INC., et al., 9 10 Defendants. 11 12 13 14 15 THIS MATTER comes before the Court on a motion for partial dismissal brought by defendant Crouse and Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc. (“Crouse”), docket no. 29,1 and on a motion to dismiss brought by defendant Pucin & Freidland, P.C. (“Pucin”), docket no. 28. Having reviewed all papers filed in support of, and in opposition to, each motion,2 the Court now enters the following order. 16 17 Although Crouse seeks to dismiss plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint, docket no. 26, 18 of the claims alleged against it in such pleading, and thus, the Court treats Crouse’sit has not addressed all motion as requesting 1 19 only partial dismissal. 2 Both Crouse and plaintiffs have presented materials outside the pleadings. The Court has considered 20 such documents only as appropriate in the context of a Rule 12(b)(6) motion and without converting the pending motions into ones for summary judgment. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d); see also Johnson v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp., 793 F.3d 1005, 1007 (9th Cir. 2015) (“Although as a general rule we may not 21 consider any material beyond the pleadings in ruling on a Rule 12(b)(6) motion, we may consider extrinsic evidence not attached to the complaint if the document’s authenticity is not contested and the 22 plaintiff’s complaint necessarily relies on it.”). 23 ORDER - 1 1 Background 2 Although not the model of clarity, plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint appears to 3 assert the following claims: (i) breach of contract; (ii) breach of the duty of good faith 4 and fair dealing; (iii) violation of Washington’s Insurance Code, namely RCW 48.30.140 5 & .150; (iv) conversion; (v) unjust enrichment; (vi) violation of Washington’s Collection 6 Agency Act (“WCAA”); (vii) fraud and negligent misrepresentation; (viii) violation of 7 Washington’s Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”); (ix) intentional infliction of emotional 8 distress or outrage; and (x) intentional interference with business expectancy. See Am. 9 Compl. at § IV (docket no. 26). Although all ten claims appear to be alleged against 10 Crouse, Crouse moves for dismissal pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) 11 of only the first, third, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth claims. Pucin seeks dismissal of 12 all of the claims that seem to be asserted against it, namely the sixth, seventh, eighth, and 13 ninth claims. 14 In July 2010, plaintiff Top Notch Solutions, Inc. (“Top Notch”), of which plaintiff 15 Habib (Robert) Rashidi was chief officer, see id. at ¶¶ 1.1.1 & 1.1.2, entered into a 16 Brokerage Agreement with Crouse. See Ex. 1 to Moore Decl. (docket no. 30). Pursuant 17 to this agreement, Top Notch served as an insurance broker, obtaining policies for its 18 clients, which were taxicab drivers, driver groups, or companies, through Crouse. See 19 id.; see also Am. Compl. at ¶¶ 3.1-3.7 (docket no. 26). Plaintiffs allege that Crouse 20 entered into agreements with Top Notch’s competitors for the purpose of consolidating 21 all taxicab insurance purchasing and taking such business away from Top Notch. See 22 Am. Compl. at ¶ 3.16 (docket no. 26). According to plaintiffs, Crouse failed to support 23 ORDER - 2 1 them in their efforts to collect premiums, and instead either created incentives for Top 2 Notch’s clients to cease paying premiums and switch to insurance policies obtained from 3 Crouse’s developing monopoly or advanced the premiums at issue to the insurance 4 carriers and sought reimbursement from Top Notch. See id. at ¶¶ 3.20-3.25. 5 Crouse employed Pucin, an Illinois-based law firm, to collect from plaintiffs the 6 premiums Crouse had paid on behalf of Top Notch’s clients. See id. at ¶¶ 3.25-3.26. 7 During its collection efforts, Crouse and/or Pucin made complaints to the Washington 8 State Insurance Commissioner about plaintiffs, which plaintiffs contend were false, and 9 which led to multiple audits that plaintiffs assert were unwarranted. See id. at ¶¶ 3.23, 10 3.26, & 3.35. According to plaintiffs, Crouse improperly withheld earned commissions 11 and converted plaintiffs’ funds to its own use. Id. at ¶ 4.5. Top Notch has since been 12 involuntarily dissolved, and Mr. Rashidi has allegedly suffered physical and emotional 13 distress. Id. at ¶¶ 1.1.1 & 3.37. 14 Discussion 15 A. Standard of Review 16 Although a complaint challenged by a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss need not 17 provide detailed factual allegations, it must offer “more than labels and conclusions” and 18 contain more than a “formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action.” Bell Atl. 19 Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007). The complaint must indicate more than 20 mere speculation of a right to relief. Id. When a complaint fails to adequately state a 21 claim, such deficiency should be “exposed at the point of minimum expenditure of time 22 and money by the parties and the court.” Id. at 558. A complaint may be lacking for one 23 ORDER - 3 1 of two reasons: (i) absence of a cognizable legal theory, or (ii) insufficient facts under a 2 cognizable legal claim. Robertson v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 749 F.2d 530, 534 (9th 3 Cir. 1984). In ruling on a motion to dismiss, the Court must assume the truth of the 4 plaintiff’s allegations and draw all reasonable inferences in the plaintiff’s favor. Usher v. 5 City of Los Angeles, 828 F.2d 556, 561 (9th Cir. 1987). The question for the Court is 6 whether the facts in the complaint sufficiently state a “plausible” ground for relief. 7 Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570. If the Court dismisses the complaint or portions thereof, it 8 must consider whether to grant leave to amend. Lopez v. Smith, 203 F.3d 1122, 1130 (9th 9 Cir. 2000). 10 B. Contract Claim 11 The Amended Complaint accuses Crouse of breaching its agreements and 12 contracts with plaintiffs. Am. Compl at ¶ 4.2 (docket no. 26). It does not, however, 13 indicate with particularity which agreements or contracts, or which provisions of such 14 agreement or contracts, were breached. The only contract contained in the record is the 15 Brokerage Agreement attached to Crouse’s attorney’s declaration. Ex. 1 to Moore Decl. 16 (docket no. 30). Although plaintiffs clearly allege nonpayment of earned commissions, 17 Am. Compl. at ¶ 4.5 (docket no. 26), the Brokerage Agreement does not itself require 18 Crouse to pay commissions. Crouse’s motion to dismiss is therefore GRANTED in part 19 with respect to plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim, and such claim is DISMISSED 20 without prejudice and with leave to amend. In conjunction with any amended pleading, 21 plaintiffs shall refer specifically to the agreements or contracts that were allegedly 22 breached and shall attach copies of such documents. 23 ORDER - 4 1 C. Statutory Claims 2 1. 3 The Amended Complaint alleges that Crouse violated RCW 48.30.140(1) and Washington’s Insurance Code 4 RCW 48.30.150(1). Am. Compl at ¶ 4.4 (docket no. 26). RCW 48.30.140(1) provides: 5 6 7 8 9 Except to the extent provided for in an applicable filing with the commissioner then in effect, no insurer, insurance producer, or title insurance agent shall, as an inducement to insurance, or after insurance has been effected, directly or indirectly, offer, promise, allow, give, set off, or pay to the insured or to any employee of the insured, any rebate, discount, abatement, or reduction of premium or any part thereof named in any insurance contract, or any commission thereon, or earnings, profits, dividends, or other benefit, or any other valuable consideration or inducement whatsoever which is not expressly provided for in the policy. 10 RCW 48.30.150(1) states: 13 No insurer, insurance producer, title insurance agent, or other person shall, as an inducement to insurance, or in connection with any insurance transaction, provide in any policy for, or offer, or sell, buy, or offer or promise to buy or give, or promise, or allow to, or on behalf of, the insured or prospective insured in any manner whatsoever: 14 (a) Any shares of stock or other securities issued or at any time to be issued on any interest therein or rights thereto; or 11 12 15 16 17 18 (b) Any special advisory board contract, or other contract, agreement, or understanding of any kind, offering, providing for, or promising any profits or special returns or special dividends; or (c) Any prizes, goods, wares, gift cards, gift certificates, or merchandise of an aggregate value in excess of one hundred dollars per person in the aggregate in any consecutive twelve-month period. This subsection (1)(c) does not apply to title insurers or title insurance agents. 19 Crouse argues that no private right of action exists to enforce these provisions of 20 RCW 48.30.140 and .150. A violation of RCW 48.30.140 or .150, however, constitutes 21 an unfair method of competition and/or an unfair or deceptive act or practice in the 22 conduct of the business of insurance and, as a result, is potentially actionable under the 23 ORDER - 5 1 CPA. See RCW 48.30.010(1)&(2); see also Hangman Ridge Training Stables, Inc. v. 2 Safeco Title Ins. Co., 105 Wn.2d 778, 786, 719 P.2d 531 (1986) (“A per se unfair trade 3 practice exists when a statute which has been declared by the Legislature to constitute an 4 unfair or deceptive act in trade or commerce has been violated.”). The Amended 5 Complaint’s citations to RCW 48.30.140 and .150 are treated as alleging CPA claims 6 based on per se unfair or deceptive methods, acts, or practices. Crouse makes no 7 argument that such CPA claims are insufficiently pleaded, and its motion to dismiss such 8 claims is DENIED. 9 10 2. Washington’s Collection Agency Act The Amended Complaint also alleges that both Crouse and/or Pucin violated three 11 provisions of the WCAA, namely (i) RCW 19.16.110, which requires that a collection 12 agency or out-of-state collection agency obtain a license before engaging in such business 13 in Washington; (ii) RCW 19.16.250, which prohibits licensees from engaging in certain 14 activities, including aiding or abetting an unlicensed person to engage in business as a 15 collection agency, as well as communicating with a debtor or failing to communicate 16 with a debtor in one of the enumerated ways; and (iii) RCW 19.16.440, which declares 17 that operating as a collection agency or out-of-state collection agency without a license or 18 committing an act prohibited by RCW 19.16.250 are unfair acts or practices or unfair 19 methods of competition in the conduct of trade or commerce for purposes of the CPA. 20 Crouse argues that plaintiffs cannot maintain a suit under the WCAA, citing Paris v. 21 Steinberg & Steinberg, 828 F. Supp. 2d 1212 (W.D. Wash. 2011), but that decision 22 23 ORDER - 6 1 simply makes clear that violations of the WCAA give rise to a CPA claim, as opposed to 2 an independent cause of action.3 See also Hangman Ridge, 105 Wn.2d at 786. With respect to plaintiffs’ CPA claim premised on WCAA violations, Pucin 3 4 separately asserts that plaintiffs have not alleged any damages proximately caused by 5 Pucin’s failure to obtain a license as an out-of-state collection agency because plaintiffs 6 have not asserted that they believed Pucin was licensed or that they would have taken 7 different actions if they had known Pucin was not licensed. Pucin cites no authority for 8 the proposition that plaintiffs must plead or prove such elements. Rather, if Pucin needed 9 to have a license to engage in the debt collection activities alleged in the complaint,4 then 10 Pucin’s violation of the licensing provision would be viewed as a “but for” cause of any 11 injury plaintiffs suffered from the debt collection activities. See Moritz v. Daniel N. 12 Gordon, P.C., 895 F. Supp. 2d 1097, 1114-15 (W.D. Wash. 2012). Plaintiffs’ allegations 13 that the unlicensed debt collection activities diverted business away from Top Notch, 14 caused Top Notch to endure multiple audits and incur attorney’s fees and costs, and 15 siphoned off Mr. Rashidi’s time and resources sufficiently plead the requisite injury and 16 damages for a CPA claim. See id. (denying an unlicensed out-of-state collection 17 18 Crouse has not moved to dismiss plaintiffs’ WCAA claims on the grounds that, because it is not a collection agency or an out-of-state collection agency, it is not required to obtain a license, or that, 19 because it is not a licensee, it is not subject to the provisions of RCW 19.16.250. In any amended complaint, plaintiffs shall clarify whether they are pursuing a CPA claim against Crouse based on a 20 WCAA violation and, if so, on what theory. 3 4 Pucin contends that the work it performed on Crouse’s behalf was as counsel of record in matters in 21 which plaintiffs were adverse parties, and that it cannot be sued under the CPA or WCAA for such conduct. See Pucin’s Motion at 15-16 (docket no. 28). The Court declines to address this issue because 22 doing so would require the Court to consider materials outside the pleadings. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d). 23 ORDER - 7 1 agency’s motion for summary judgment, reasoning that evidence of $7.75 in postal 2 charges adequately supported the plaintiff’s claim of injury stemming from unlicensed 3 collection activities). Thus, Pucin’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ CPA claim, to the 4 extent it is based on Pucin’s noncompliance with RCW 19.16.110, is DENIED. 5 Pucin also argues that it cannot be held in violation of RCW 19.16.250 because it 6 is not licensed as an out-of-state collection agency. The Court agrees. RCW 19.16.250 7 applies only to licensees. See Moritz, 895 F. Supp. 2d at 1113. This deficiency in the 8 operative pleading cannot be cured. Thus, as to plaintiffs’ CPA claim against Pucin 9 premised on violation of RCW 19.16.250, Pucin’s Rule 12(b)(6) motion is GRANTED, 10 and such claim is DISMISSED with prejudice. 11 3. 12 In addition to the Insurance Code and the WCAA, on which CPA claims are Consumer Protection Act 13 founded, the Amended Complaint references two substantive provisions of the CPA, 14 namely RCW 19.86.030, which declares unlawful every contract, combination, or 15 conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce, and RCW 19.86.040, which prohibits 16 monopolies. These claims are alleged only against Crouse. The CPA was enacted to 17 “promote free competition in the marketplace for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.” 18 Murray Publ’g Co. v. Malmquist, 66 Wn. App. 318, 324-25, 832 P.2d 493 (1992) 19 (quoting State v. Black, 100 Wn.2d 793, 799, 676 P.2d 963 (1984)). In construing 20 RCW 19.86.030 and .040, courts are guided by decisions involving comparable federal 21 statutes, like the Sherman Act. Id. at 325. 22 23 ORDER - 8 1 Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, after which RCW 19.86.030 is 2 modeled, does not prohibit all contracts or combinations that restrain trade, but only those 3 that unreasonably restrain trade. See Murray Publ’g, 66 Wn. App. at 325 (citing Business 4 Elecs. Corp. v. Sharp Elecs. Corp., 485 U.S. 717 (1988)). To determine whether a 5 restraint is unreasonable, courts apply the “rule of reason.” Id.; see also Cabela’s Retail, 6 Inc. v. Hawks Prairie Inv., LLC, 2013 WL 3089516 at *7 (W.D. Wash. June 18, 2013), 7 aff’d, 658 Fed. App’x 308 (9th Cir. 2016). If a party cannot establish that a restraint is 8 per se unreasonable (e.g., price fixing, dividing markets, or tying), it must demonstrate 9 that the challenged practice results in “an actual injury to competition.” See Cabela’s, 10 2013 WL 3089516 at *7. To show the requisite actual injury, a party must identify the 11 relevant market, including its geographic scope and set of “reasonably interchangeable” 12 products, and present evidence regarding competitors with the actual or potential ability 13 to “deprive each other of significant levels of business.” Id. 14 To prevail on a claim of monopolization, a party must prove (i) possession of 15 monopoly power in the relevant submarket; (ii) willful acquisition or maintenance of that 16 power; and (iii) causal antitrust injury. Pac. Express, Inc. v. United Airlines, Inc., 959 17 F.2d 814, 817 (9th Cir. 1992) (setting forth the elements of a claim under Section 2 of the 18 Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2). To establish a claim of attempted monopolization, a party 19 must show (i) specific intent to control prices or destroy competition; (ii) predatory or 20 anticompetitive conduct to accomplish the monopolization; (iii) dangerous probability of 21 success; and (iv) causal antitrust injury. Id. 22 23 ORDER - 9 Crouse argues that plaintiffs have not even “parroted” the elements of their 1 2 restraint of trade and monopolization claims, let alone set forth facts to indicate more 3 than mere speculation of a right to relief. The Court agrees that the Amended Complaint 4 is deficient, but not for the reason articulated by Crouse. Plaintiffs accuse Crouse of 5 certain actions (providing untimely coverage quotations, failing to disclose premium 6 increases until after policies were already bound, incentivizing nonpayment of premiums, 7 and advancing premiums) that are just as consistent with antitrust conduct as with 8 competitive behavior, and such allegations do not, standing alone, form a “plausible” 9 claim. See Twombly, 550 U.S. at 554-63. Moreover, plaintiffs’ allegation that Crouse 10 formed agreements with Top Notch’s competitors to “consolidat[e] all taxicab insurance 11 purchasing via a single monopoly entity,” Am. Compl. at ¶ 3.16 (docket no. 26), does not 12 advance their antitrust claims beyond the threshold of plausibility because plaintiffs have 13 not pleaded how such agreements injured competition. For example, plaintiffs do not 14 assert that, as a result of the agreements at issue, all taxicab drivers, groups, and 15 companies within the region were forced to procure insurance either directly or indirectly 16 through Crouse or that some other antitrust injury (as opposed to the harm to Top Notch’s 17 own business) occurred. Thus, Crouse’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ CPA claims under 18 RCW 19.86.030 and .040 is GRANTED, and such claims, which are alleged only against 19 Crouse, are DISMISSED without prejudice and with leave to amend. 20 D. Fraud and Misrepresentation 21 Under Washington law, the elements of fraud (intentional misrepresentation) are: 22 (i) representation of an existing fact; (ii) materiality; (iii) falsity; (iv) the speaker’s 23 ORDER - 10 1 knowledge of its falsity; (v) intent of the speaker that it should be acted upon by the 2 plaintiff; (vi) the plaintiff’s ignorance of its falsity; (vii) the plaintiff’s reliance on the 3 truth of the representation; (viii) the plaintiff’s right to rely upon it; and (ix) damages 4 suffered by the plaintiff. Stiley v. Block, 130 Wn.2d 486, 505, 925 P.2d 194 (1996). 5 Under Washington law, each element of fraud must be established by “clear, cogent, and 6 convincing evidence.” Id. The circumstances constituting fraud must be pleaded with 7 particularity, but state of mind, e.g., malice, intent, or knowledge, may be alleged in 8 general terms. Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b). 9 Negligent misrepresentation must also be proven by “clear, cogent, and 10 convincing evidence,” and it requires a showing that (i) the defendant knew or should 11 have known that the false information at issue was supplied to the plaintiff to guide such 12 party in a business transaction; (ii) the defendant was negligent in obtaining or 13 communicating the false information; (iii) the plaintiff reasonably relied on the false 14 information; and (iv) the false information proximately caused the plaintiff’s damages. 15 See Ross v. Kirner, 162 Wn.2d 493, 499, 172 P.3d 701 (2007). An omission of a material 16 fact cannot form the basis of a claim for negligent misrepresentation, id., but an action for 17 fraud (intentional misrepresentation) “may be asserted where one party to a transaction 18 has a duty to speak . . . yet that party fails to state” a material fact. Haberman v. Wash. 19 Pub. Power Supply Sys., 109 Wn.2d 107, 166, 744 P.2d 1032, 750 P.2d 254 (1987). The 20 duty to speak need not arise from privity or a fiduciary relationship; rather, liability for 21 concealment of material facts may be imposed when a defendant knows that information 22 23 ORDER - 11 1 will be passed along to the plaintiff or to a class of people whose reliance the defendant 2 intends to induce. Id. at 166-67. Defendants argue that plaintiffs’ fraud (intentional misrepresentation) and 3 4 negligent misrepresentation claims are improperly based on statements made to third 5 parties about plaintiffs rather than material facts represented to or concealed from 6 plaintiffs. The Court agrees. Plaintiffs’ claim that defendants made false complaints to 7 the Washington State Insurance Commissioner does not support a claim of intentional or 8 negligent misrepresentation.5 In their response to the pending motions to dismiss, 9 plaintiffs do not indicate any manner in which this particular deficiency of their pleading 10 could be cured, and thus, with respect to plaintiffs’ fraud and negligent misrepresentation 11 claims, defendants’ motions to dismiss are GRANTED, and such claims are DISMISSED 12 with prejudice. 13 E. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (Outrage) 14 In Washington, intentional infliction of emotional distress constitutes the same tort 15 as outrage. Kloepfel v. Bokor, 149 Wn.2d 192, 193 n.1, 66 P.3d 630 (2003). Outrage has 16 the following elements: (i) extreme and outrageous conduct; (ii) intentional or reckless 17 infliction of emotional distress; and (iii) actual result to the plaintiff of severe emotional 18 distress. Id. at 195; Dombrosky v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Wash., 84 Wn. App. 245, 261, 928 19 5 To the extent that defendants communicated information to the Washington State Insurance Commissioner regarding “any matter reasonably of concern” to the Commissioner, RCW 4.24.510, defendants are immune from civil liability, even if the statements were made in bad faith or are 21 defamatory per se. See Akmal v. Cingular Wireless Inc., 300 Fed. App’x 463, 465 (9th Cir. 2008). If defendants made their complaints in bad faith, however, they would not be entitled to the statutory 22 damages described in RCW 4.24.510. 20 23 ORDER - 12 1 P.2d 1127 (1997). The claim must be predicated on conduct that is “so outrageous in 2 character, so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be 3 regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.” Kloepfel, 149 4 Wn.2d at 196; Dombrosky, 84 Wn. App. at 261. The tort of outrage does not encompass 5 mere insults, indignities, threats, annoyances, or petty oppressions. Kloepfel, 149 Wn.2d 6 at 196. A plaintiff is assumed to be “hardened to a certain degree of rough language, 7 unkindness, and lack of consideration.” Id. The question whether particular conduct 8 rises to the requisite level of outrageousness is “ordinarily a question of fact for the jury.” 9 Dombrosky, 84 Wn. App. at 261. The Court, however, may dismiss a claim if reasonable 10 minds could not differ as to the conclusion that the alleged behavior was not sufficiently 11 extreme. Id. at 261-62. 12 Whether plaintiffs even allege a claim of outrage is unclear, but to the extent they 13 do, they have not pleaded sufficient facts to establish a plausible claim. In addition, in 14 their response to defendants’ motions, plaintiffs have not articulated any basis for giving 15 them leave to amend. Thus, as to any claim of outrage, defendants’ motions to dismiss 16 are GRANTED, and such claim is DISMISSED with prejudice. 17 Conclusion 18 For the foregoing reasons, the Court ORDERS as follows: 19 (1) Crouse’s motion for partial dismissal, docket no. 29, is GRANTED in part 20 and DENIED in part, as follows: 21 22 23 ORDER - 13 1 (a) The following claims against Crouse are DISMISSED without 2 prejudice and with leave to amend: (i) the breach of contract claim; and (ii) the 3 CPA claim based on violation of RCW 19.86.030 and/or .040; 4 (b) The following claims against Crouse are DISMISSED with 5 prejudice: (i) the fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims; and (ii) the claim 6 of outrage (intentional infliction of emotional distress); 7 (c) The following claims remain pending against Crouse: (i) the CPA 8 claims premised on RCW 48.30.140 and .150 and on RCW 19.16.110 and .250 9 (see supra note 3); (ii) the claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair 10 dealing; (iii) conversion; (iv) unjust enrichment; and (v) intentional interference 11 with business expectancy; 12 (2) Pucin’s motion to dismiss, docket no. 28, is GRANTED in part and 13 DENIED in part, as follows: 14 (a) The following claims against Pucin are DISMISSED with prejudice: 15 (i) the CPA claim premised on violation of RCW 19.16.250; (ii) the fraud and 16 negligent misrepresentation claims; and (iii) the claim of outrage (intentional 17 infliction of emotional distress); 18 (b) The following claim remains pending against Pucin: the CPA claim 19 based on noncompliance with RCW 19.16.110; 20 (3) Any second amended complaint shall be electronically filed within twenty- 21 one (21) days of the date of this Order, and any responsive pleading or motion shall be 22 filed within twenty-one (21) days after such amended pleading is filed; 23 ORDER - 14 1 (4) The Clerk is DIRECTED to send a copy of this Order to all counsel of 2 record. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 Dated this 6th day of November, 2017. 5 A 6 7 Thomas S. Zilly United States District Judge 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ORDER - 15

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