A settlement is an agreement among two or more parties to a proceeding, filed with the commission as a proposed resolution of one or more issues. Parties must submit an electronic copy of the settlement agreement in the format identified in WAC 480-07-140
(1) Full settlement.
An agreement of all parties that would resolve all issues in a proceeding may be presented as a full settlement for commission review. Parties who file a full settlement should file supporting evidence at the same time as the settlement agreement, or within a reasonable time following filing of the settlement agreement.
(2) Partial settlement.
An agreement of all parties on some issues may be presented as a partial settlement for commission review, and remaining matters may be litigated. Parties who file a partial settlement should file supporting evidence at the same time as the settlement agreement, or within a reasonable time following filing of the settlement agreement.
(3) Multiparty settlement.
An agreement of some, but not all, parties on one or more issues may be offered as their position in the proceeding along with the evidence that they believe supports it. Nonsettling parties may offer evidence and argument in opposition.
(4) Notice to commission.
Parties must advise the commission if they reach a full, partial, or multiparty settlement and may suggest preferred procedural alternatives for review of the settlement, subject to the requirements of WAC 480-07-740
. The commission will determine the appropriate procedure in each proceeding consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-07-740
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 06-16-053 (Docket A-050802, General Order R-536), § 480-07-730, filed 7/27/06, effective 8/27/06; 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-07-730, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04.]