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Issaquah Law Group - Personal Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: 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 and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

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


One new opinion out of Div. III today:

Highland Sch. Dist. No. 203 v. Racy

What happens when a judge has discretion? Almost inadvertently, someone tried to challenge that discretion. Here, it involved sanctions against the District for trying to get out of arbitrating employee disputes, seeking to enjoin them. The problem was that Mount Adams Sch. Dist. v. Cook, 150 Wn.2d 716, 81 P.3d 111 (2003), held that whether a matter of employment law is subject to arbitration is up to the arbitrator. Thus, their suit to enjoin was frivolous, and sanctions were warranted.

Racy also sought review, arguing that attorneys fees should have been calculated under Lodestar. The trial court instead ordered that actual costs be used. Under Lodestar, adopted in Bowers v. Transamerica Tit. Ins. Co., 100 Wn.2d 581, 675 P.2d 193 (1983), the fee is calculated by "multiplying a reasonable hourly rate for the work involved by the amount of time the attorneys reasonably worked on the case." However, nothing in RCW 4.84.185, the frivolous litigation fees and costs statute, required the use of the Lodestar method, and the courts use of actual costs was one that was objectively based.


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