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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

Hough v. Stockbridge The tort of abuse of process can become costly in many ways.  After suing the Stockbridges for defamation, and proceeding through arbitration, one trial without a jury, an appeal, another trial with a jury, and finally this appeal, Mr. Hough ends up defeated in court, significantly poorer, and publicly embarrassed.

The legal issues in Hough are largely uncontroversial.  Hough argued several trial issues reviewed for abuse of discretion, and the court resolved all against him.  The most significant of the issues were whether the court gave the proper jury instructions regarding the tort of abuse of process, and whether substantial evidence supported the jury’s verdict.  The court held that no mention of "form of extortion” need be included in the jury instructions to accurately state the elements of abuse of process.  Moreover, the court held that Hough’s 49 separate motions and discovery requests, many of which “not filed pursuant to any established court rule or procedure,” constituted substantial evidence satisfying the jury verdict.

As a result of this appeal, Hough ends up liable for $241,344.50 plus an additional amount for attorney fees on this appeal.  Also, what would injury be without a little insult?  Because the opinion was published, this nugget now appears in the public domain:

Your Honor:

Has Mr. Hough been evaluated by a mental health professional?  There is little doubt that this man is delusional & would be diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  Does the court have the authority to order such an evaluation?

That quote came from an unidentified juror in the trial preceding this appeal.  It brings to mine a certain hero of mine.


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