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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.

Washington Legal Roundup – Division I

Indigo Real Estate Services v. Rousey

Ashlee Rousey was the victim of domestic violence in her apartment.  Her former partner and father of her child threw a rock through the window at her apartment.  Ms. Rousey informed her landlord, Indigo Real Estate Services (Indigo).  In response, Indigo tried to evict Ms. Rousey.  That’s illegal.  Ms. Rousey convinced the Indigo that it was a bad idea to try to evict her and they dismissed the eviction action.

Ms. Rousey was worried that the fact that she had been sued for eviction would make it difficult for her to rent again.  She asked the court to take her name of the eviction documents, replacing it only with her initials, A.R.  The court said no because the court’s are supposed to be open and public. 

The Court of Appeals remanded the case and asked the trial court to consider whether protecting Ms. Rousey’s interest in keeping her name clear was outweighed by the public’s right to know that a landlord had tried to evict her.

Note to landlords: Know that the fallout from your wrongful attempts to evict a domestic violence victim can have consequences beyond your initial wrongful conduct.

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