Service on Foreign Insurer Must be Through the Insurance Commissioner, and Only the Insurance Commissioner
In Ohio Security Ins. Co. v. Axis Ins. Co., No. 94677-9, the Washington Supreme Court, on a certified question from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, confirms that Washington law establishes that service through the Washington State Insurance Commissioner is the exclusive means of service for authorized foreign insures in Washington. The Court reaches this conclusion based on the plain language, and legislative intent, of RCW 4.28.080(7)(a) and RCW 48.05.200(1).
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