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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

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.

Court of Appeals: Div I – Must Show Intentional AND Unreasonable Trespass to Get Treble Damages

Clipse v. Michels Pipeline Construction, Inc.

King County hired Michels Pipeline Construction (who hired Pipe Experts, LLC) to go onto residents’ private property, dig down to the sewer line, fix sewer pipes and replace the excavation.

The Clipses lived in the area where the work was to be performed.  Excavation of their property was planned, though there was some question as to whether they were informed that someone was going to come onto their property and dig it up.  They claimed that excavation began on their property before they had given permission.  Their sewage line backed up and spewed waste water into their home.  They sued Michels Pipeline and Pipe Experts under the wrongful trespass statute (which can entitle a plaintiff to treble damages).  The trial court granted summary judgment to the Clipses, concluding that the Clipses needed only show that the contractors lacked authorization to come onto their property.  The defendants appealed.

The Court of Appeals interpreted the trespass statute to require that the plaintiffs show BOTH that an alleged trespasser (1) intentionally and (2) unreasonably trespassed.  The case was remanded for trial.

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