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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP   PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

Issaquah Law Group - 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: Division II

Grays Harbor Energy v. Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor Energy (GHE) appeals the trial court’s assessment regarding its non-operating power generating equipment  for tax purposes.  Grays Harbor County tax assessed the property as real property (which assumedly results in higher taxes) whereas GHE argues that the equipment meets the statutory definition of personal property. 

After the tax made the tax assessment GHE appealed to the Equalization Board who agreed with GHE and lowered the taxes.  The County appealed to the State Board of Tax who held that the property was real as it was considered affixed to the land and improvements to real property.  After exhausting its remedies with the State Board of Tax, GHE argued its excessive taxation claim in trial court and lost.  GHE appeals today and the appeals court agrees with GHE and reversed and remanded.

The appeals court, reviewing an agencies decision and reversing when based on erroneous interpretation of the law found that under the statutes plain meaning the same clearly states that GHE’s generators should be taxed as personal and not real property.  RCW 84.12.280 provides that "all of the operating property other than lands and buildings of electric light and power companies . . . shall be assessed and taxed as personal property." RCW 84.12.200(12) provides in part that "operating property" means and includes "all property, real and personal . . . used by the company in the conduct of its operations."

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