ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 6330
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
C 199 L 90
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Benitz and Rasmussen; by request of Attorney General)
Read first time 1/29/90.
AN ACT Relating to consumer protection; and amending RCW 19.86.110.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 11, chapter 216, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 1, chapter 152, Laws of 1987 and RCW 19.86.110 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Whenever the attorney general believes that any person (a) may be in possession, custody, or control of any original or copy of any book, record, report, memorandum, paper, communication, tabulation, map, chart, photograph, mechanical transcription, or other tangible document or recording, wherever situate, which he believes to be relevant to the subject matter of an investigation of a possible violation of RCW 19.86.020, 19.86.030, 19.86.040, 19.86.050, or 19.86.060, or federal statutes dealing with the same or similar matters that the attorney general is authorized to enforce, or (b) may have knowledge of any information which the attorney general believes relevant to the subject matter of such an investigation, he may, prior to the institution of a civil proceeding thereon, execute in writing and cause to be served upon such a person, a civil investigative demand requiring such person to produce such documentary material and permit inspection and copying, to answer in writing written interrogatories, to give oral testimony, or any combination of such demands pertaining to such documentary material or information: PROVIDED, That this section shall not be applicable to criminal prosecutions.
(2) Each such demand shall:
(a) State the statute and section or sections thereof, the alleged violation of which is under investigation, and the general subject matter of the investigation;
(b) If the demand is for the production of documentary material, describe the class or classes of documentary material to be produced thereunder with reasonable specificity so as fairly to indicate the material demanded;
(c) Prescribe a return date within which the documentary material is to be produced, the answers to written interrogatories are to be made, or a date, time, and place at which oral testimony is to be taken; and
(d) Identify the members of the attorney general's staff to whom such documentary material is to be made available for inspection and copying, to whom answers to written interrogatories are to be made, or who are to conduct the examination for oral testimony.
(3) No such demand shall:
(a) Contain any requirement which would be unreasonable or improper if contained in a subpoena duces tecum, a request for answers to written interrogatories, or a request for deposition upon oral examination issued by a court of this state; or
(b) Require the disclosure of any documentary material which would be privileged, or which for any other reason would not be required by a subpoena duces tecum issued by a court of this state.
(4) Service of any such demand may be made by:
(a) Delivering a duly executed copy thereof to the person to be served, or, if such person is not a natural person, to any officer or managing agent of the person to be served; or
(b) Delivering a duly executed copy thereof to the principal place of business in this state of the person to be served; or
(c) Mailing by registered or certified mail a duly executed copy thereof addressed to the person to be served at the principal place of business in this state, or, if said person has no place of business in this state, to his principal office or place of business.
(5)(a) Documentary material demanded pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be produced for inspection and copying during normal business hours at the principal office or place of business of the person served, or at such other times and places as may be agreed upon by the person served and the attorney general;
(b) Written interrogatories in a demand served under this section shall be answered in the same manner as provided in the civil rules for superior court;
(c) The oral testimony of any person obtained pursuant to a demand served under this section shall be taken in the same manner as provided in the civil rules for superior court for the taking of depositions. In the course of the deposition, the assistant attorney general conducting the examination may exclude from the place where the examination is held all persons other than the person being examined, the person's counsel, and the officer before whom the testimony is to be taken;
(d) Any person compelled to appear pursuant to a demand for oral testimony under this section may be accompanied by counsel;
(e) The oral testimony of any person obtained pursuant to a demand served under this section shall be taken in the county within which the person resides, is found, or transacts business, or in such other place as may be agreed upon between the person served and the attorney general.
(6) If, after prior court approval, a civil investigative demand specifically prohibits disclosure of the existence or content of the demand, unless otherwise ordered by a superior court for good cause shown, it shall be a misdemeanor for any person if not a bank, trust company, mutual savings bank, credit union, or savings and loan association organized under the laws of the United States or of any one of the United States to disclose to any other person the existence or content of the demand, except for disclosure to counsel for the recipient of the demand or unless otherwise required by law.
(7) No documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or transcripts of oral testimony produced pursuant to a demand, or copies thereof, shall, unless otherwise ordered by a superior court for good cause shown, be produced for inspection or copying by, nor shall the contents thereof be disclosed to, other than an authorized employee of the attorney general, without the consent of the person who produced such material, answered written interrogatories, or gave oral testimony, except as otherwise provided in this section: PROVIDED, That, under such reasonable terms and conditions as the attorney general shall prescribe, the copies of such documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or transcripts of oral testimony shall be available for inspection and copying by the person who produced such material, answered written interrogatories, or gave oral testimony, or any duly authorized representative of such person. The attorney general or any assistant attorney general may use such copies of documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or transcripts of oral testimony as he determines necessary in the enforcement of this chapter, including presentation before any court: PROVIDED, That any such material, answers to written interrogatories, or transcripts of oral testimony which contain trade secrets shall not be presented except with the approval of the court in which action is pending after adequate notice to the person furnishing such material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony.
(8) At any time before the return date specified in the demand, or
within twenty days after the demand has been served, whichever period is
shorter, a petition to extend the return date for, or to modify or set aside a
demand issued pursuant to subsection (1), stating good cause, may be filed in
the superior court for Thurston county, or in such other county where the
parties reside. A petition, by the person on whom the demand is served,
stating good cause, to require the attorney general or any person to perform
any duty imposed by the provisions of this section, and all other petitions in
connection with a demand, may be filed in the superior court for Thurston
county, or in the county where the parties reside. The court shall have
jurisdiction to impose such sanctions as are provided for in the civil rules
for superior court with respect to discovery motions.
(9) Whenever any person fails to comply with any civil investigative
demand for documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral
testimony duly served upon him under this section, or whenever satisfactory
copying or reproduction of any such material cannot be done and such person
refuses to surrender such material, the attorney general may file, in the trial
court of general jurisdiction of the county in which such person resides, is
found, or transacts business, and serve upon such person a petition for an
order of such court for the enforcement of this section, except that if such
person transacts business in more than one county such petition shall be filed
in the county in which such person maintains his principal place of business,
or in such other county as may be agreed upon by the parties to such petition.
Whenever any petition is filed in the trial court of general jurisdiction of
any county under this section, such court shall have jurisdiction to hear and
determine the matter so presented and to enter such order or orders as may be
required to carry into effect the provisions of this section, and may impose
such sanctions as are provided for in the civil rules for superior court with
respect to discovery motions.