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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.

Court of Appeals: Div. I – Service of Process on Foreign Corporation Should be Done by Personal Service

Ralph’s Concrete Pumping v. Concord Concrete Pumps

Ralph’s Concrete Pumping (Ralph’s) is a Washington corporation.  Concord Concrete Pumps (Concrete) is a British Columbia, Canada corporation.

Ralph’s sued Concrete for breach of contract.  Ralph’s served Concord in Canada by mail.  Concord acknowledged receipt of the summons and complaint by signing a delivery receipt.  Concord did not appear or answer the summons and complaint.  Ralph’s got a default judgment against Concrete for $175,000. 

Concord then made a special appearance, moving to vacate the default judgment.  The motion to vacate was denied and Concord appealed.

The Court of Appeals determined that since the long arm statute, RCW 4.28.150, provided for personal service, and because Ralph’s failed to file an affidavit that established that service could not be made within the State of Washington, the court did not have personal jurisdiction over Concrete.  The Court of Appeals held that the default judgment was void.

The Court of Appeals declined to award attorney fees because the statute did not provide them unless service of process was accomplished by personal service.

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