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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 - Washington Supreme Court

Faust v. Albertson

Man goes to lodge. Lodge serves the man 21 beers. Ldoge cuts off beligerent drunkard: "Chapman later told a friend of Kinkaid's that he was so drunk that night that she had to cut him off." Of course, drunkards, as they do when they drive, ended up smashing into another care, rendering one of the passengers paraplegic. The court was tasked with clarifying the standards for overservice.

Under RCW 66.44.200(1), overservice occurs when someone who is "apparently under the influence of liquor" is served more liquor. The Court of Appeals dismissed the case on the grounds that the plaintiffs offered no direct, point in time evidence. Of course, this differs from the standard method available of proving your case by circumstantial evidence. The court looked to cases in which it allowed circumstantial evidence to defeat summary judgment and those that did not. Almost universally, observation after the fact of JUST BAC was not enough, because it does not offer evidence of apparentness. However, observations of the drunkards behavior shortly after leaving the establishment that served him was enough.

But if you read above...there was evidence of that apparent intoxication. The Court of Appeals weighed that and still granted summary judgment through its holding:

That Chapman could recognize that Kinkaid was drunk at the time he left the bar leaves open the possibility that the jury could infer that she could tell he was drunk when she last served him. It was error to take this question away from the jury on appeal.

If Kincaid appeared wayyyyyyyy too drunk when he left the lodge, its a permissible inference that he appeared wayyyyyyyy too drunk when he was served his last beer as well.

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