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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: Idaho Trooper Doing Things in Washington Subject to Washington Suit

Pruczinksi v. Bell

Sometimes you just have to state the obvious.

Cop starts his work in Idaho, it carries into Washington where he effectuates the arrest. The question is whether the Idaho Trooper is subject to jurisdiction of Washington Courts. Washington’s long arm statute says that if you commit a tortious act in Washington, you’re the proper subject of our long arm statute. 

Essentially, if the cause of action arises from a wrong done in this state, you’re set. 

Now, aside from the act and the harm, you also have to look at whether notions of fair play and substantial justice require a different outcome. This involves what activities happened in Washington, the convenience of the parties, comparing the benefits and protection of the various possible forums, and the basic equities of the situation. The Trooper tried to argue he didn’t purposefully stop her in Washington, and since everyone is a resident of Idaho, the case should be in Idaho. The problem with that argument is that if he hadn’t followed her into Washington, none of this would have happened. Cause a tort on Washington soil, its pretty clear. That, and Idaho isn’t exactly far from Washington.

The Trooper’s other argument was that under Idaho law, Idaho courts have exclusive jurisdiction over actions against Idaho State employees. The problem is, the statute just doesn’t say that. It says it has jurisdiction. It doesn’t say that its the only one that has jurisdiction.

The court punted on the issue of Comity (whether the Court should decline jurisdiction so our government can play nice with Idaho’s government) due to the lack of a clear record on the issue. The trial court’s dismissal is overturned.

The Personal Injury Attorneys at Issaquah Legal Services are familiar the multitude of issues that can arise with personal and subject matter jurisdiction. Please contact us and let us help shepherd you through the process.

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