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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.

WA Legal Roundup - WA Supreme Court: McKenna has discretion to pursue repealing Obamacare, but not to hang State Agencies in wind

City of Seattle v. McKenna Goldmark v. McKenna

In this pair of opinions, the State lays out the duties of the Attorney General. He has discretion to pursue things, yes. But he does not have the discretion to let state agencies hang in the wind. Thus, he has to represent the Department of Natural Resources in pursing the head of that agencies agenda, and cannot simply say he doesn't want to. However, he can also pursue taking down Obamacare.

Here's where it gets iffy in my opinion. The governor expressly supports Obamacare. It seems to me then that he is in dereliction of representation of the Office of the Governor. Does this mean that the Gregoire can use the state AG's office to draft an amicus against itself? Doesn't this create a conflict within the AG's office? Shouldn't discretionary authority be limited by the head of the agency to which you are beholden?

Well, our attorney general really has no inherent powers other than advisory to state agencies. Other powers "may be prescribed by law" under our constitution. A statute (RCW 43.10.030) allows McKenna to engage in litigation in which the State has interest, and interpretation of law gives him discretion on that interest. So basically, its now up to the legislature.

One route may be for the governor to declare the state has no interest in this litigation via formal proclamation, then institute litigation against McKenna herself.

I dunno, McKenna is pushing forward his partisan agenda here in a gubernatorial bid. No sir, I don't like it!


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