MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
DONALD C. NUGENT, District Judge.
Defendant Resolute Management, Inc. ("Resolute") moves under Fed. R. Civ. P.12(b)(6) to dismiss, with prejudice, Counts I and II of the Complaint filed by Plaintiff Westfield Insurance Company ("Westfield"). For the reasons stated, Resolute's Motion to Dismiss (ECF #16) is GRANTED.
On October 24, 2013, Westfield filed a Complaint seeking declaratory relief concerning a Cost Sharing Agreement ("Agreement") between it and Defendant, Continental Insurance Company ("Continental")
Defendant Resolute, acting as an agent for Continental, provided claims-handling services for Continental's asbestos claims, including claims arising under the insurance contract between Continental and MVS. In its Complaint, Westfield named Resolute as an interested party to this action due to Resolute's interactions with MVS on behalf of Continental. Westfield contends that because Resolute is the party responsible for making payments and determining the amount of coverage exhausted under the policies in dispute, Resolute must be joined in the declaratory judgment action. In support of its position, Westfield cites a letter purportedly from Resolute to MVS, informing the insured of the near exhaustion of its coverage and Resolute's intent to discontinue the payments to MVS. Both parties agree that, as a third-party claims administrator, Resolute is not in contractual privity with Westfield, and was not a party to the agreement between Continental and MVS.
In considering a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), the Court must assess, given the material required to be in the complaint, whether the complaint can prove a set of facts entitling the complainant to recovery on the allegations against the moving party. Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 127 S.Ct. 1955 (2007). In making this assessment, the Court must take only wellpleaded factual allegations as true and reject allegations that are nothing more than a "formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action." Twombly, 127 S.Ct. at 1964-65; Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 1953 (2009). "To survive a motion to dismiss, a complaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, `to state a claim for relief that is plausible on its face.' "Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. at 1949 (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570). The plausibility requirement is not a "probability requirement," but requires "more than a sheer possibility that the defendant has acted unlawfully." Id.
Westfield's Complaint seeks declaratory judgment against all of the defendants, including Resolute. Count I seeks a declaration regarding defense costs incurred under the Agreement, while Count II requests a declaratory judgment determining the amount of indemnity coverage available to the insured under Continental's predecessor policies.
Resolute seeks dismissal of these counts, claiming that, as a matter of law, there is no actual controversy between Westfield and Resolute, such that Resolute is not an "interested party" under 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Section 2201(a) provides:
28 U.S.C. § 2201(a).
The Court finds that Resolute is not an interested party to this action. Westfield agrees that Resolute has no rights or obligations under any Continental policies. Because Resolute is not a party to the Agreement or any Continental policy, Westfield has no contractual rights against Resolute, and this Court's ruling regarding Westfield's contractual rights against Continental do not directly concern or affect Resolute. Thus, there is no actual controversy between Westfield and Resolute, such that Resolute is not an "interested party" under Section 2201.
Moreover, there is no controversy between Westfield and Resolute regarding Resolute's duties as an agent for Continental. The parties agree that Resolute will be bound by any order of this Court to the extent that Resolute will be contractually required to take the appropriate actions on behalf of Continental as its claims handler once the Court construes Westfield's rights against Continental. Absent a controversy involving Resolute, Westfield's Complaint against Resolute must be dismissed.
For all of the stated reasons, Resolute is not an "interested party" to this action. Counts I and II of Westfield's Complaint fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted against Resolute. Resolute's Motion to Dismiss (ECF #16) is GRANTED.
IT IS SO ORDERED