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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 - Washington State Supreme Court

In re Forfeiture of 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

Myyyyyyy hooptie rolling, tailpip draggin'. Heat don't work and my girl keep naggin'!

Okay, so I haven't even read the case yet, but this is the image that my brain conjures up:


chevelle1.jpg image by bluebolt06


Of course, in reality it probably looked something like this:



And why do such thoughts conjure in my head? My first car was a 1972 Buick Skylark. I called it the General Lee because, while it was not a Charger, it was a beautiful orange color.


However, there was in my neighborhood an orange Chevelle. People confused us all the time. I'm still bitter. The General Lee eventually gave up the ghost, throwing a rod and busting a compression spring. After I had the header rebuilt and fixed it up with new rods and springs...well, it was never quite the same.

Back to the case. Ross owned two cars. Her son was using them to smuggle drugs. The cars were seized, the authorities arguing that she should have known the elicit purposes for which her cars were being used. Held: Should have known is not known. You have to prove actual knowledge if you are going to be excluded from the innocent owner definition.

The dissent (in part) would say that with the seizure of the first car, the parents gained knowledge that their cars generally were being used to deal drugs, and were essentially put on notice as to the second car. However, they don't get around that pesky problem of actual knowledge, even referring to it in their opinion as an inference.

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