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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.

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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. II: The Dead Hand picks the wrong plaintiff

Lakewood Racquet Club Inc., v. Jensen In Lakewood Racquet Club Inc., the court of appeals denies standing to sue for heirs of a long deceased landowner.  This patriarch, a Mr. Orr, entered into real estate agreements with the Racquet Club back in the 60s, selling them part of his land while obtaining a restrictive covenant preventing the Club from building any residential units on the property.

When the Club decided to build condos and townhomes on its property, the diasporated children of the Patriarch sued to enforce the covenants.  Each was removed from the land in some way.  One child lived in Nevada, another in Pierce County, and one with no identifiable location in the record.

Interestingly, this case presented a question of first impression in Washington.  To wit, whether covenantees later removed from the land maintained their right to enforce the covenant.  From that question, the ultimate question of the case can be answered: whether the covenantees suffered and "injury in fact" by the breach of the covenant.  The first question turns on whether the benefit is appurtenant or in gross.  The court held that the benefit was specific to the neighboring parcels to the Club; it is appurtenant to those parcels.  As such, only those with an ownership interest in those parcels would have a justiciable claim to enforce the covenant.  Those without will lack standing to sue for a declaratory judgment.

The court was careful to state that its holding did not foreclose all divested covenantees' enforcement actions, but the implication is that in most cases they will lack standing.

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