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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.

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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 - Division II

Vance v. Xxxl Development, LLC

Vance bought a house in 1988. In 2006, Vance constructed a concrete wall adjacent to Vance's property and began building. Vance sued for nuisance. Vance sold her home for what she claimed was less than she could have if the nuisance had not existed. The trial court dismissed her claim saying that the action couldn't survive sale of the house because she no longer had standing.

The court of appeals reversed the trial court for three reasons:

1) RCW 7.48.180 reads that abated nuisances may still be recoverable. Thus, when she sold (and the new owner took knowing the nuisance and thus had no nuisance to assign back to Vance), she still had an action for the abated nuisance;

2) Damages are available for diminution (and are wayyyyyy easier to calculate after a sale);

3) Its would create absurd results to do otherwise.

I always enjoy when courts bring up absurd results without actually spelling it out. Lets your mind wander. The first justification is really all that's needed methinks.

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