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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.

Division I: WPLA Trumps if Less Than Substantially All of Asbestos Exposure Took Place Pre-WPLA

Fagg v. Csk Auto, Inc.

You know what is not fun? Asbestosis. Fagg was exposed to a lot of through various jobs and auto repairs. Generally, this kind of thing falls under the Washington Product Liability Act. See, if you are injured by a product, there are various causes of actions that fall outside of regular negligence: failure to warn, negligent manufacturing, unsafe design. Basically anything that makes a product unreasonably safe for its ordinary and customary purpose. Asbestos is the mother of all these, in that products containing it just aren’t safe and will kill you, slowly.

Now, if substantially all of the exposure to asbestos occurred before the WPLA was enacted, he keeps the common law negligence claims. If not, he has to go under the WPLA. Here, it wasn’t substantially all.

Here, because the WPLA provides the sole cause of action for product claims, regular negligence claims had to be dismissed….except against CSK, as Fagg was exposed to those products entirely before the enactment of the WPLA.

Issaquah Legal Services is experienced in product liability claims. Our Product Liability Attorneys are able to ferret our both domestic and foreign manufactures in order to make sure you are given fair compensation for the harm caused by the product. 

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