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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP   PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

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.

Division III: Website Warning Consumers Does Not Rise to Level of Defamation

Life Designs Ranch, Inc. v. Sommer

This case comes from an interesting procedural standpoint. Usually, a motion for summary judgment is done to dismiss a case. Essentially the motion says that, given the undisputed facts, the court must reach a certain result. Here, it is unclear from the result whether there was a motion to find defamation, a motion to get the defamation claim dismissed, or whether there were cross-motions. The end result was the same, the defamation claim was dismissed.

Sommer had put up a website warning consumers about what he felt were improprieties with the Ranch. The Ranch felt the statements were defamatory and moved for summary judgment. The issue here was whether Sommer had stated a false fact, or whether he had expressed an opinion. 

In the present case, the Court of Appeals considered the website and determined it was expressing opinions, could not be confused with the Ranch's website, and, as a matter of policy, allowing a business to sue for every unhappy customer's review would stifle speech. 

I am going to take a wild guess and say this is setup for future potential cases based on yelp reviews.

If you have been sued for defamation, allow us to help. The attorneys at Issaquah Law Group have defended claims for defamation and have succeeded in getting these claims dismissed on summary judgment.  

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