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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: Service on One Tolls Others, Even Sometimes John Doe Defendants

Powers v. W.B. Mobile Services, Inc.

In law, we sometimes use placeholders. Say you don’t know the name of a deliveryman, but you know the company he worked for. You would insert what we call a “John Doe” defendant. Now, there is also a statute of limitation. A case has to be filed in a certain amount of time. If you serve and file against one defendant, the statute of limitations is tolled for “a reasonable period” against the other defendants. 

So what happens if you don’t know the name of the defendant, have served a defendant you do know, and the statute of limitations has passed.

Well, that depends on how well you named the John Doe defendant. If you have named them with reasonable particularity (i.e. - John Doe’s name is not known, but he is believed to be the delivery driver employed by ACME Company and to have delivered me the defective Anvil) versus not at all, (i.e. - just putting his name in the caption or saying he is another person who may be liable).

If you have named him with reasonable particularity, then he gets treated like all other defendants. Here, the Powers named his John Doe as, "builder of the handicap access ramp where the incident occurred.” This was sufficient.

Issaquah Legal Services is experienced in Personal Injury Claims. Our  Issaquah Personal Injury Attorneys have experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, which helps us anticipate what the other side, and their insurance company, will do with your claim.

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