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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.

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Division II - 14 days is not substantial compliance with 60-day tort claim provision (but it might be....)

Lee v. Metro Parks

Lee wanted to sue Metro Parks, a governmental entity. The law requires you file a notice of tort claim first. You then have to wait sixty days to bring suit. It used to be that you had to wait the full sixty days, and if you filed suit before that, your claim was done. In 2009, the rule was changed, and it allowed “substantial compliance” with procedural rules. The 60 day thing? Yup, that’s procedural. 

Turns out Lee served her lawsuit only 14 days after filing the notice of tort claim. Now, in some instances, this may be substantial compliance. The Court hinted that if a governmental entity completed its investigation or had decided to reject or accept or claim, or engaged in settlement negotiations, that it may have been substantial compliance. However, nothing like that was hinted at here. Lee simply filed without any response from Metro Parks. As such, her claim was dismissed.

Read the rules, follow the rules. 

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