Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

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Effective Date: 11/01/1998, Docket: CP98-250-002, Status: Effective

Original Sheet No. 60 Original Sheet No. 60 : Effective

 

 

demand for arbitration, a clear statement of the issue or issues

to be resolved by arbitration, an appropriate reference to the

provisions of the Agreement which are involved and the relief the

Owner(s) requests through arbitration. The Owner(s) receiving the

notice of demand for arbitration must provide a written response

to the demand within thirty (30) days following receipt of the

notice. The response must contain a clear statement of the

respondent's position concerning the issue or issues in dispute.

The Owner(s) shall be entitled to conduct discovery in connection

with any claims that are arbitrated under this Section. All

discovery shall be completed within ninety (90) days after the

notice of demand for arbitration is delivered to the respondent

and the first hearing date shall be set for no later than thirty

(30) days after the completion of discovery. The arbitrator may

extend such period for any reason, including without limitation,

legal objections raised to such discovery or unavailability of a

witness due to absence or illness. Depositions may be taken by

any Owners upon seven (7) days' written notice, and requests for

production or inspection of documents shall be responded to within

ten (10) days after service. All disputes relating to discovery

that cannot be resolved by the Owners shall be submitted to the

arbitrator, whose decision shall be final and binding upon the

Owners. Any Owner shall be entitled to file an action in King

County Superior Court or the Federal District Court for the

Western District of Washington, each of which shall have

jurisdiction over the Owners with regard to this Agreement, to

compel or aid in the arbitration, or for injunctive relief.

Judgment on any arbitration award may be entered in any court of

appropriate jurisdiction.

 

9.2 Decision

 

The arbitrator shall render a decision not later than sixty (60)

days after the matter has been submitted, and such decision shall

be final and binding upon the Owners. The decision shall be in

writing. The decision of the arbitrator may be entered as a final

decree or judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction or may

be enforced against the Owners and their assets wherever they are

found.