Motions that are dispositive—Motion to dismiss; motion for summary determination; motion to withdraw.
(1) Motion to dismiss.
(a) General. A party may move to dismiss another party's claim or case on the asserted basis that the opposing party's pleading fails to state a claim on which the commission may grant relief. The commission will consider the standards applicable to a motion made under CR 12 (b)(6) and 12(c) of the Washington superior court's civil rules in ruling on a motion made under this subsection. If a party presents an affidavit or other material in support of its motion to dismiss, and the material is not excluded by the commission, the commission will treat the motion as one for summary determination as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section.
(b) Time for filing motion to dismiss. A party that opposes a pleading must file any motion directed to the pleading no later than the time the responsive pleading is due, or within twenty days after the pleading is served, whichever time is less, unless the party shows good cause for delay. Filing a motion to dismiss a pleading, or seeking a similar remedy, does not extend the time for answering the pleading.
(c) Response. A party who opposes a written motion to dismiss may file a response within ten days after service of the motion, or at such other time as may be set by the commission or the presiding officer. The commission may allow oral argument.
(2) Motion for summary determination.
(a) General. A party may move for summary determination of one or more issues if the pleadings filed in the proceeding, together with any properly admissible evidentiary support (e.g., affidavits, fact stipulations, matters of which official notice may be taken), show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. In considering a motion made under this subsection, the commission will consider the standards applicable to a motion made under CR 56 of the Washington superior court's civil rules.
(b) Time for filing motion for summary determination. A party must file any motion for summary determination at least thirty days before the next applicable hearing session, unless the commission establishes by order a different specific date for any such motion to be filed.
(c) Response. A party who answers a motion for summary determination must file its answer and any cross-motion for summary determination within twenty days after the motion is served, unless the commission establishes a different specific date for a response to be filed.
(d) Continuance not automatic. Filing a motion for summary determination will not automatically stay any scheduled procedures. The commission may order a continuance of any procedure and may order that an oral or written response to a motion for summary determination be made at a time that is consistent with any established hearing schedule in the proceeding.
(3) Motion to withdraw. A party may withdraw from a proceeding only upon permission granted by the commission in response to a written motion if:
(a) In the case of a matter initiated by a tariff filing, the commission has entered a complaint and order suspending the filing; or
(b) In all other cases, the commission has issued a hearing notice or otherwise commenced an adjudicative proceeding pursuant to chapter 34.05
The commission will grant a party's motion to withdraw from a proceeding when the party's withdrawal is in the public interest.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040
and 80.04.160. WSR 06-16-053 (Docket A-050802, General Order R-536), § 480-07-380, filed 7/27/06, effective 8/27/06; WSR 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-07-380, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04.]