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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup

Three new opinions out of Division III (from yesterday, but really...I was busy...trust me on this).

McGinnity v. Autonation Inc.

Under any employment action, attorneys fees are recoverable not just on recovery of wages, but also other benefits. Autonation challenged the award of attorneys' fees, claiming that the finding that the class had not proven benefits were wages precluded an award. The court of appeals affirmed the award:

      We see no reason to interpret the portion of the award in which the arbitrator found that the class failed to prove that "vacation time does not constitute wages under Washington law." We decline to do so because this finding is immaterial to the arbitrator's award of attorney fees. The finding at issue was made in the narrow context of the class's claim for damages under various sections of Washington's minimum wage statute. The question of whether the class could recover under a statutory wage claim theory is entirely different from the characterization of an award of damages under RCW 49.48.030, where wages are broadly defined as compensation owed by reason of employment. Bates, 112 Wn. App. at 940.

 

State v. Aljutily 

Aljutily got on the myspace and found the page of a girl he thought was 13. He contacted her via yahoo messenger (which was listed on the page), where he proceeded to make with the dirty talk, dirty websites, and of course pictures of him jerkin' the gherkin. He challenged the communication of a minor statute -- specifically the electronic communication provision -- as unconstitutionally overbroad.

You can guess how that went. Affirmed -- the statute is not overbroad (great analysis of the application of the Supreme Court decision in Williams though, for you aspiring Con Law scholars).

 

Pierson v. Hernandez

You get attorneys fees if the amount pleaded is $10K or less. Her complaint didn't list an amount. In interrogatories, she responded she had $25K in generals. Oops. She then offered to settle for $8k. Welp, that is not pleaded, my dear. It then went to arbitration and she received almost $25k. Welp, the $8k isn't pleaded, the $25k was.

No attorneys fees for Pierson.

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