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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: No Common Fund Created Where Injured Person Recovers as Passenger from Both Tortfeasor’s PIP and Liability Policy

Matsyuk v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co.

Olga Matsyuk was injured while riding as a passenger in a car. As a passenger in the car, she was a third party beneficiary under the driver’s Personal Injury Proptection (PIP) policy. She also recovered from the driver’s liability policy. She sought attorney fees for creating a “common fund.” This was premised on the Supreme Court’s decisions in Mahler v. Szucs, Winters v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and Hamm v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. The Court of Appeals held that no “common fund” was created in this case and, therefore, there was no equitable rationale to award attorney fees.

The Court of Appeals claimed to have adhered to its earlier decision in Young v. Teti. That case was decided before Winters and Hamm. Most assumed it was no longer good law after Winters and Hamm. The Court of Appeals noted that it had not been expressly overruled by Winters and Hamm. Look for the Supreme Court to grant review in this case.

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