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Issaquah Law Group - Personal 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 I: Arbitration Provision in Employment Contract A-Okay, Federal Arbitration Act Continues to Hurt People

Romney v. Franciscan Medical Group et al.

This case is all about the right of access to the courts. Here, the employees to be employed had to sign an arbitration agreement. Those of you familiar with arbitration agreements and the United States Supreme Court know that it takes a lot to invalidate an arbitration agreement. 

Here, essentially, the Court said the agreement was fine. Though, the court did get wrapped up a bit in its discussion of procedural unconscionability. See, that essentially means that someone was forced into it. But something more than a lack of bargaining power is needed, you have to show a refusal to deal with you on terms, show that there was pressure to just sign the darned thing, or that the thing was written so you couldn’t understand it. 

I guess the key to this is that justice is sometimes not only blind, but deaf and dumb as well. This excerpt from the Court is telling:

The key inquiry under Washington law is whether the employees lacked a meaningful choice. Here, as in other cases of employment, the employees could choose employment elsewhere. The arbitration clause is understandable and is printed in the same size font as the rest of the agreement under a bolded heading.

More of the same. Arbitration clauses favor big business and hurt the individuals right to a fair hearing. The Federal Arbitration Act should be done away with. 

But it won’t go away, and here we sit.

While the lawyers at Issaquah Legal Services do not practice employment law, please contact us for a referral to other qualified Issaquah attorneys in this area.

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