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JORGENSEN FORGE CORPORATION v. ILLINOIS UNION INSURANCE COMPANY Complaint

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Case 2:13-cv-01458-JCC Document 1 Filed 08/15/13 Page 1 of 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 COMPLAINT Plaintiff, The Jorgensen Forge Corporation (“JFC”), by its attorneys, for its v. ILLINOIS UNION INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON THE JORGENSEN FORGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, ) ) ) Civil Action No. ________________ ) ) ) COMPLAINT ) ) JURY DEMAND ) ) )
18 Complaint for declaratory judgment and damages against Defendant Illinois Union Insurance 19 Company (“Illinois Union”), alleges as follows: 20 21 22 U.S.C. 2201 and 2202, and for damages because of breach of contract. JFC is a metal 23 24 forging company that manufactures custom metal products for technical and industrial 1. NATURE OF THE ACTION This is an insurance coverage action for declaratory relief pursuant to 28
25 markets. JFC’s manufacturing plant is located on land between Marginal Way, Tukwilla, 26 WA and the Lower Duwamish Waterway (“JFC Facility”). 27 28
Complaint and Jury Demand Valerie Ann Lee Lee and Associates Attorneys at Law 5505 34th Avenue NE, Suit A Seattle, WA 98105 206-525-1640
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JFC is a named insured under a Global Premises Pollution Liability Insurance
2 Policy, policy no. PPL 624645939001, for the policy period 7/31/2008-7/31/2015 (the 3 4 3. 5 6 contamination at the Lower Duwamish Waterway Site in the State of Washington, which has JFC has actual and potential environmental liabilities for alleged “policy period”), sold by Defendant Illinois Union (the “Policy”).
7 been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") as a 8 National Priorities List Superfund site (the “Site”) under the Comprehensive Environmental 9 Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq. (“CERCLA”). 10 11 12 emanating from the JFC Facility under CERCLA, the Washington Model Toxics Control Act 13 14 15 (MTCA) and other federal and state statutes. 5. JFC has incurred and will incur substantial costs related to alleged 4. JFC has actual and potential environmental liabilities associated with the
investigation, remediation, and control of contamination and pollution allegedly located at or
16 environmental contamination and pollution at the Site and the JFC Facility as a result of 17 certain claims brought by various governmental and non-governmental entities, as described 18 19 20 21 22 connection with the Environmental Claims, and JFC has sought defense and liability insurance coverage from Illinois Union for the Environmental Claims. In violation of its more fully below (collectively, the “Environmental Claims”). 6. The Policy obligates Illinois Union to defend JFC, and pay JFC’s liability in
23 contractual obligations, Illinois Union has refused to honor its obligations to JFC to provide 24 coverage for the Environmental Claims. 25 26 27 28 Complaint and Jury Demand
2 Lee and Associates, Attorneys at Law 5505 34th Avenue NE, Suite A Seattle, WA 98105 206-525-1640
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THE PARTIES Plaintiff JFC is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of
Washington with its principal place of business in King County, Washington. Upon information and belief, Defendant Illinois Union is a corporation
organized under the laws of the State of Illinois with its principal place of business in
7 Chicago, Illinois. Upon information and belief, Defendant Illinois Union is authorized to do 8 business and is doing and transacting business in the State of Washington. 9 10 11 12 amount in controversy is over $75,000. 13 14 10. Venue is proper in this district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391(b)(2), because a 9. JURISDICTION AND VENUE This Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332,
because there is complete diversity of citizenship between JFC and Illinois Union, and the
15 substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred in this district, 16 and the property that is the subject of this action is situated in this district. 17 18 19 20 21 22 liability. The Policy provides coverage for, inter alia, “Claims,” and “legal defense expenses” arising from “pollution conditions,” including pollution conditions that began 11. FACTUAL BACKGROUND The Policy Illinois Union sold the Policy to provide coverage to JFC for certain pollution
23 before the policy period. The Claims must first be made during the policy period. 24 12. All premiums have been paid for the Policy, and JFC has satisfied all
25 conditions precedent, if any, to obtain coverage under the Policy. 26 27 28
Complaint and Jury Demand 3 Valerie Ann Lee Lee and Associates, Attorneys at Law 5505 34th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105 206-525-1640
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The Environmental Claims JFC seeks coverage under the Policy for the following six Environmental
An EPA claim requiring that JFC enter into a Consent Order to
remediate polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) in contaminated soil at the Site, and to place a
7 sheet pile at the Site to contain contaminated material. 8 b. A claim by other potentially responsible parties at the Site seeking to
9 have JFC participate in an allocation of liability for past and future costs associated with the 10 cleanup of the Site. 11 12 in the closure of two pipelines containing PCBs at the Site. 13 14 d. An EPA claim requiring JFC to delineate the extent of PCB c. An EPA claim that required JFC participate, through a consent order,
15 contamination near the two pipelines that contained PCBs. 16 e. A claim by the Washington State Department of Ecology requiring
17 that JFC install a storm water treatment system at the Site. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
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A claim by various governmental entities and two Native American
tribes for natural resource damages at the Site. 14. Illinois Union has refused to accept its contractual obligation to provide
coverage for the Environmental Claims. FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEF Declaratory Relief 15. JFC repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in the foregoing
paragraphs 1-14 as if fully set forth herein.
Valerie Ann Lee Lee and Associates, Attorneys at Law 5505 34th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105 206-525-1640
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Illinois Union is obligated to pay JFC’s liability and defense costs for the
2 Environmental Claims. 3 4 and defense costs incurred in connection with the Environmental Claims. 5 6 18. An actual and justiciable controversy currently exists between JFC and Illinois 17. Illinois Union has disputed, or will dispute, its obligation to pay JFC’s liability
7 Union with respect to the duties and obligations of Illinois Union under the Policy to pay the 8 liability and defense costs incurred by JFC in connection with the Environmental Claims. 9 19. JFC thus seeks a judicial determination by this Court of the obligation of
10 Illinois Union to pay JFC’s liability and defense costs for the Environmental Claims. Such a 11 12 SECOND CLAIM FOR RELIEF 13 14 15 20. Breach of Contract JFC repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in the foregoing judicial determination is necessary and appropriate at this time.
16 paragraphs 1-14 as if fully set forth herein. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 22. As a direct and proximate result of Illinois Union’s breach of contract, which 21. Illinois Union has breached, and will breach, the terms of its Policy by failing
and refusing to pay for the complete defense and liability costs of JFC for the Environmental Claims.
is continuing as of the date of this Complaint, it has deprived JFC of the benefit of the Policy. 23. As a direct and proximate result of Illinois Union’s breach of contract, JFC
24 has suffered and will suffer substantial damages in an amount to be determined at trial, 25 including, but not limited to, the sums spent and to be spent in connection with the 26 27 28
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Environmental Claims.
Valerie Ann Lee Lee and Associates, Attorneys at Law 5505 34th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105 206-525-1640
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PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, Plaintiff JFC requests a judgment against Illinois Union as follows:
3 4 a. On the first claim, a determination and declaration that Illinois Union is
5 obligated under the Policy to pay the defense and liability costs incurred by JFC, or to 6 reimburse JFC for its payment of its defense and liability costs, in connection with the 7 Environmental Claims. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 costs, and the expenses of this action. d. For such other further and different relief as this Court deems just and proper. JURY DEMAND Plaintiff JFC demands a jury on all claims in this Complaint triable by jury. Respectfully submitted, /s/ Valerie Ann Lee Valerie Lee, Esq., WSBA # 23548 LEE & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW 5505 34th Avenue, N.E., Suite A Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 525-1640 (Phone) (206) 525-0809 (Fax) Valerie.Lee@attorneyslee.com Counsel for Plaintiff The Jorgensen Forge Corporation b. c. On the second claim, for damages in an amount to be determined at trial. For reasonable attorneys’ fees, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest,
15 DATED: August 15, 2013 16 17 OF COUNSEL: 18 David L. Elkind, Esq. DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO LLP 19 1825 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 20 (202) 420-2200 Phone (202) 420-2201 Fax 21 ElkindD@dicksteinshapiro.com 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
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Valerie Ann Lee Lee and Associates, Attorneys at Law 5505 34th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105 206-525-1640

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