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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.

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: Division II

Gates v. Port of Kalama et al

Whoo hoo… an opinion in favor of “the little guy” and in my favorite field to boot, PI.  Finally something more fun than taxes, crimes, and more taxes in Division II. (Sorry all you lovers of tax).

Gates slipped and fell on some stairs while she was viewing a rental property owned by the Port injuring her head and neck.  She sent a letter to the Port describing the occurrence as the instructions in a letter sent to her had required.  She signed the letter but did not verify.  She hired an attorney who had some communication with the Port, but after settlement was not reached, filed a lawsuit against them within the statute.   The Port answered that Gates failed to comply with the claim filing statute (RCW 4.96.020) because Gates failed to verify her claim.  The Port appeals from the trial court’s denial of their summary judgment on that basis. 

Gates argues, and this Court agrees, that the RCW listed above does not require claim verification.  The court ruled that the plain language of the statue did not require claim verification but required only that, “claims… must locate and describe.” the relevant facts of the incident.  The Court decided that the statute only mentioned verification of forms when it states, “if the claimant is incapacitated from verifying, presenting, and filing the claim in the time prescribed…”  

Although the Court found that the statute’s plain language did not require claim verification they continued to justify their analysis by ruling that the legislative history confirms their interpretation of the statute.  The court reviewed the 1993 amendment notes and analyzed that the legislature clearly departed from an intent to require verification.

I sure hope Gates requested attorneys fees! Great outcome in this case.

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