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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

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.

WA Supreme Court: Sale of Land Not Void for Procedural Notice Violation

S. Tacoma Way, LLC v. State

The department of transportation sold some land without giving statutory notice under RCW 47.12.063(2)(g). Under the statute, DOT was required to give statutory notice to abutting landowners. They thought they were the only abutting landowners, but was having mistaken. When South Tacoma Way, LLC tented to purchase the property of one of the landowners, it learned that that landowner had not been given notice of the sale and objected.  STW attempted to block the sale is ultra vires.

Court found that the sale by DOT did not amount to ultra vires. Of particular note, for the doctrine to apply there must be no legal authority to take the action at issue. Here DOT did have the authority to make the sale and purchase, the only error was procedural. The court also made particular note of the fact that declaring these types of transactions, in which procedural irregularities occur, void would leave these transactions open to challenge years or even decades later. As we all know from first year property class, we favor finality in these types of transactions.

 

 

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