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AG Ferguson honors attorneys with Steward of Justice, Tanner awards

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:30:08 +0000

Annual awards recognize exceptional contributions of attorneys

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently honored Senior Counsel Carrie Hoon Wayno and the late Tacoma Torts Section Chief Glen Anderson with the Attorney General’s 2017 Steward of Justice Award.

The award, created in 1998 by then-Attorney General Christine Gregoire, recognizes employees who make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others, both personally and professionally.

AGO wins unanimous appeals court decision in Freedom Foundation campaign finance case

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:12:32 +0000

Appeals court: Foundation’s position ‘would create a large loophole’ in reporting requirements

OLYMPIA — A Washington state appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit against the Freedom Foundation, overturning the trial court’s decision to dismiss the case. The court sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.

AG Ferguson expands lawsuit against pharma companies over generic drug price fixing

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:47:37 +0000

Alleges conspiracy to inflate prices, reduce competition

OLYMPIA — A wide-ranging antitrust investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and 45 other attorneys general has uncovered even more involvement in an alleged generic drug price-fixing conspiracy.

AGO files campaign finance complaint against Clark County Republicans

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:44:18 +0000

OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) today announced that it filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by the Clark County Republican Central Committee. Specifically, the AGO asserts the committee failed to timely report a total of $586,268 in contributions, and $463,079 in debts and expenditures since 2012.

Mattawa landlord to fix homes, pay about $500,000 in AG lawsuit over sham sales

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:13:53 +0000

En Español

Scheme forced Latino farm worker tenants to sign purchase agreements to remain in poor living conditions

Arrendador de Mattawa debe reparar hogares y pagar alrededor de $500,000 por demanda del Procurador General debido a ventas fraudulentas

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:17:35 +0000

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Engaño obligó a inquilinos – trabajadores agrícolas latinos –a firmar acuerdos de compra para permanecer en condiciones de vivienda inseguras

AG Ferguson successfully defends voter-approved firearm background check initiative

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:46:15 +0000

Three-judge panel unanimously agrees with lower court, dismisses challenge

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with a lower court ruling and dismissed a challenge against Washington’s voter-approved Initiative 594, which expanded the state’s firearm background check requirements.

AG prosecutors seek to prevent community release of Skamania sex offender

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:14:45 +0000

VANCOUVER — Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit are in Clark County Superior Court this week, working to prevent the release of a convicted sex offender. The trial is expected to continue two and a half weeks.

Matthew Hopkins, 32, has been convicted of multiple sex offenses against children, dating back to 2001. In the interest of public safety, prosecutors in the Sexually Violent Predator Unit (SVP) are seeking his involuntary commitment to the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Ferguson files lawsuit over Trump’s decision to end key health care funding

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:03:05 +0000

Decision will raise premiums for tens of thousands of Washingtonians

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today joined a multistate coalition in filing a lawsuit seeking to force the Trump Administration to continue a key Affordable Care Act funding provision after the President announced on Thursday he would stop the payments.

AG Ferguson challenges Trump’s third attempt at travel ban

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:22:34 +0000

Ferguson defeated first travel ban, now seeks to block third

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced he has asked a federal judge to block President Donald Trump’s latest version of his travel ban. This version would create an indefinite ban on travel by millions of people, including many with close ties to Washington.

AG report reveals data of nearly 3 million Washingtonians compromised in past year

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:16:49 +0000

Twice as many data breaches, six times the number of consumers impacted compared to previous year

OLYMPIA — Today Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson released his second annual Data Breach Report. His report finds that between July of 2016 and July of this year, data breaches affected nearly 3 million Washingtonians — more than six times the number impacted in the previous 12 months period.

AG Ferguson visits 100th Rotary

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:32:03 +0000

Ferguson’s goal is to visit every Rotary club in Washington state

RICHLAND — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is today speaking to the Richland Riverside Rotary, the 100th Rotary he has visited since taking office.

Ferguson has attended Rotary meetings in 25 of Washington’s 39 counties. After taking office in 2013, he committed to visiting all of the state’s 187 Rotary clubs. His first Rotary meeting as Attorney General was in Auburn.

AG Ferguson sues to block Trump rules eroding contraception access

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:55:08 +0000

Ferguson asks court in Seattle to declare new rules unlawful

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the Trump Administration’s new rules undermining women’s access to contraception.

The new rules would allow any company to deny coverage for contraceptive services to its female employees based on religious grounds. Additionally, certain types of organizations would also be able to deny this coverage on moral grounds. 

AG’s office wins $3M federal grant to process backlogged sexual assault DNA evidence

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:27:56 +0000

Grant provides necessary funding to process an estimated 6,000 untested sexual assault kits and train law enforcement

OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office won a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to inventory, test and help investigate the state’s backlog of sexual assault kits, which provide DNA evidence for sexual assault investigations.

AG Ferguson sues one of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers over state’s opioid epidemic

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:02:54 +0000

City of Seattle, Ferguson jointly announce separate suits against OxyContin maker