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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.

WA Supreme Court: Chevy Chase Must Adhere to Contract - No More Gerald Ford Skits


McCurry v. Chevy Chase Bank, FSB

Okay, so maybe I really just wanted to see Chevy Chase's smiling face. Is that so wrong? I mean, really, if you haven't been paying attention to  NBC's lineup, you really need to start. Mr. Chase is playing a community college student in the aptly titled Community. Of course, the chances of this opinion having anything to do with the  hilarious star of Caddy Shack are pretty slim. In fact, they are nonexistent. This instead, has to do with the bank.

You see, Chevy Chase was charging tax and notary fees when reconveying title. Those fees were allowed under the deed of trust. Chevy Chase claimed instead that these fees  Were authorized under federal regulation, and were preempted. The Supreme Court instead held that the fees were only incidental and us were not preempted by federal law:

State contract law does not purport to impose requirements on loan-related fees; state contract law instead requires parties to adhere to the terms of their contracts.  Forcing Chevy Chase to adhere to the terms of its contract only incidentally affects the loan-related fees, as permitted under 12 C.F.R. § 560.2(c). See 61 Fed. Reg. 50951-01, 50966 ("OTS wishes to make clear that the purpose of paragraph (c) is to preserve the traditional infrastructure of basic state laws that undergird commercial transactions, not to open the door to state regulation of lending by federal savings associations.").

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