A shareholder sued Safeco's former chief executive — U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick — and its board of directors on Tuesday, claiming they violated securities laws by awarding McGavick about $28 million in stock and other perks when he left Safeco earlier this year.
The lawsuit was filed by Emma Schwartzman, 27, a former waitress studying at the University of Washington who says her great-great-grandfather was a founder of the company that became Safeco.
The suit contends McGavick and the board "committed corporate waste" and made false statements to investors about the nature of McGavick's financial package....
Former Democratic Gov. Gary Locke, a member of the Safeco board, is listed as a defendant, too.