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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: Arbitration Provision in Employment Contract A-Okay, Federal Arbitration Act Continues to Hurt People

Romney v. Franciscan Medical Group et al.

This case is all about the right of access to the courts. Here, the employees to be employed had to sign an arbitration agreement. Those of you familiar with arbitration agreements and the United States Supreme Court know that it takes a lot to invalidate an arbitration agreement. 

Here, essentially, the Court said the agreement was fine. Though, the court did get wrapped up a bit in its discussion of procedural unconscionability. See, that essentially means that someone was forced into it. But something more than a lack of bargaining power is needed, you have to show a refusal to deal with you on terms, show that there was pressure to just sign the darned thing, or that the thing was written so you couldn’t understand it. 

I guess the key to this is that justice is sometimes not only blind, but deaf and dumb as well. This excerpt from the Court is telling:

The key inquiry under Washington law is whether the employees lacked a meaningful choice. Here, as in other cases of employment, the employees could choose employment elsewhere. The arbitration clause is understandable and is printed in the same size font as the rest of the agreement under a bolded heading.

More of the same. Arbitration clauses favor big business and hurt the individuals right to a fair hearing. The Federal Arbitration Act should be done away with. 

But it won’t go away, and here we sit.

While the lawyers at Issaquah Legal Services do not practice employment law, please contact us for a referral to other qualified Issaquah attorneys in this area.

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