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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

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 Legal Roundup

 

One new opinion out of Div. III today:

Highland Sch. Dist. No. 203 v. Racy

What happens when a judge has discretion? Almost inadvertently, someone tried to challenge that discretion. Here, it involved sanctions against the District for trying to get out of arbitrating employee disputes, seeking to enjoin them. The problem was that Mount Adams Sch. Dist. v. Cook, 150 Wn.2d 716, 81 P.3d 111 (2003), held that whether a matter of employment law is subject to arbitration is up to the arbitrator. Thus, their suit to enjoin was frivolous, and sanctions were warranted.

Racy also sought review, arguing that attorneys fees should have been calculated under Lodestar. The trial court instead ordered that actual costs be used. Under Lodestar, adopted in Bowers v. Transamerica Tit. Ins. Co., 100 Wn.2d 581, 675 P.2d 193 (1983), the fee is calculated by "multiplying a reasonable hourly rate for the work involved by the amount of time the attorneys reasonably worked on the case." However, nothing in RCW 4.84.185, the frivolous litigation fees and costs statute, required the use of the Lodestar method, and the courts use of actual costs was one that was objectively based.

Affirmed.

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