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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 III

 

Williams v. Leone & Keeble, Inc

Mr. Williams (no relation to this writer) was injured while on a job site in Idaho.  He filed a workers compensation claim with the State of Idaho.  Williams’ employer, Leone & Keeble, Inc. (“L&K”) was based in Spokane, Washington.  Idaho has an exclusive remedy for injured workers that does not allow the injured worker to bring a tort action against the employer. 

Williams then proceeded to file a tort action against his employer in Washington since that was the employer’s location.  L&K moved for dismissal based on lack of jurisdiction.  L&K’s argument was that Washington did not have jurisdiction over the issue because Idaho had already asserted jurisdiction over the issue when it accepted Williams’ benefits claim.  Thus L&K claimed that res judicata applied and jurisdiction was in Idaho.  The trial court agreed and dismissed the case.

Division III held that prior case law had already decided this issue.  The sole remedy for a worker’s injury is a claim for benefits to the Idaho Industrial Commission.  And if the injured party files a claim for benefits before bringing a tort action, then the Industrial Commission has the first right to determine jurisdiction and the determination “is res judicata upon the question of jurisdiction.”

So if you are injured while working in Idaho and your employer is in another state, run and file a lawsuit in the other state first and then file for benefits in Idaho.  Something seems wrong with this reasoning.

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