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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: Division III

 

A.W.R. Const., Inc. v. Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

Yay!  An administrative law review!  These are always so much fun!  No really.  Alright, alright, so they’re kind of lame.  I’ll try to jazz it up a little.

Manina owns an apartment building and he hires AWR (dba Comet Roofing) to reroof it.  Comet does the roofing job and Manina refuses to pay.  So Comet files a lien against the property.

House

Manina then turns Comet into the Dept. of Labor & Industries for failing to provide a disclosure statement.  RCW 18.27.114(1)(b) requires that contractors provide customers a written disclosure statement when repairing a “commercial building.”  Comet contended that the apartment building was not a commercial building and thus they were not required to provide a disclosure statement.  WRONG!  The ALJ, the Superior Court of Spokane County and now Division III of the Court of Appeals, all say that this apartment building was a commercial building.

Webster

Webster says that “commercial” means “having profit as the primary aim.”  Did the court ask Gary Coleman what he thought it meant?  Well, anyway, since Manina rented the units out for profit=COMMERCIAL.  Unfortunately for Comet, if you fail to provide a disclosure statement on a repair of a commercial building, YOU CAN’T FILE A LIEN.  Ouch! 

Comet made one more attempt to escape the restraints of the statute by arguing that Manina was a contractor and thus the exception to the statute applied.  However, the statute defined “contractor” and it did not apply to Manina.  I wonder if they asked Webster what a “contractor” was? 

And finally, the decision was not arbitrary and capricious and “commercial” and “contractor” are not vague.  Comet goes down in flames.

Comet

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