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J.L. v. Mercer Island Sch. Dist., No. 07-35716

In an action claiming that defendant-school district failed to provide plaintiff with a free appropriate public education as required by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), judgment for plaintiff is reversed where: 1) there is no plausible way to read the definition of "transition services" in an amendment to the IDEA as changing the free appropriate public education standard; and 2) the district court erred by addressing claims that plaintiff had failed to exhaust.

Read J.L. v. Mercer Island Sch. Dist., No. 07-35716

Appellate Information

Argued and Submitted December 10, 2008

Filed August 6, 2009


Opinion by Judge Beezer


For Appellant:

James J. Dionne, Dionne & Rorick, Seattle, WA

For Appellees:

Howard C. Powers, Seattle, WA