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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 - Div I: Budget's Over-Budget Bids Bounced By Becker (Kudos to Judge Becker for Making this Alliteration Work)

Cummings v. Budget Tank Removal & Environmental Svcs., LLC

Getting an art award overturned is tough, there has to be an error of law on the face of the award. Basically Budget tank was giving estimates of 20-40 grand and invoicing for 360-640 grand. A little bit of a difference. The arbitrations were consolidated, and the people who were screwed allegedly given vastly differing estimates by Budget got really good awards.

Budget moved to vacate based on the consolidation, but appealed the final order, including the alleged error. The court agreed that this fell under a final judgment appeal.

(1)  An appeal may be taken from:

(a)  An order denying a motion to compel arbitration;

(b) An order granting a motion to stay arbitration;

(c) An order confirming or denying confirmation of an award;

(d) An order modifying or correcting an award;

(e)  An order vacating an award without directing a rehearing; or

(f)  A final judgment entered under this chapter.

RCW 7.04A.280. However, a decision on consolidation is reviewed for an abuse of discretion. The parties were able to explain how their cases met the consolidation criteria in RCW 7.04.100(1), and the court was satisfied that the arbitrator considered those and thus consolidation was proper.

As to errors on the face of the award, the court gave a little bench slap, then gave a BUNCH of reasoning as to why. I won't put it here, you can go look it up:

Budget contends that the trial court improperly limited its review to the last two pages of the award and failed to consider whether the first 40 pages demonstrated recognizable error. It appears, however, that the court simply concluded that the issues raised by Budget were not reviewable. Having considered all 42 pages, we reach the same conclusion.

Side note: Don't think I'll be doing business with Budget (you know, if I ever needed tanks removed). I mean, off by a couple grand I can dig. Off by 2900%? That's a little bit of a problem.

 

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