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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.

Washington Supreme Court: No nationwide class for ATT Plaintiffs

Schnall v. ATT Wireless Services, Inc.

The question before the Court was whether Washington State is a proper place for a nationwide class of Plaintiffs. Essentially, ATT passed on a governmental charge as a "Universal Connectivity Charge" to its customers. The customers, understandably, were upset, as this was never disclosed as a charge, nor was the reason for the charge really ever explained (I speak from personal experience here).

The trial court denied class cert, finding that individual questions predominated. Division I reversed and certified the nationwide class.

The Washington Supreme Court, in striking down a nationwide class, upheld the choice of law provisions in the contract. Thus, each individual state's residents would have a separate set of law, making it difficult to administer a nationwide class. Hence, the only class that can still be had is Washington residents. Additionally, the Washington CPA claim is a bit tied to using Washington Law.

The Court made a big deal of the extra burden imposed by a nationwide class. Of course that burden is based on their choice of law finding. If the Court had found that the choice of law provision was one of adhesion (like their similar view of arbitration clauses), the extra burden to Washington Courts would have been minimal.

Finally, as the dissent states: "Not every state contract law is materially different for purposes here, and the trial court abused its discretion by failing to consider whether the laws of the states could be grouped together in a manageable number of subclasses."

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