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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.

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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