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Procurador General Ferguson demanda a operador del Centro de Detención del Noroeste por violaciones salariales

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:14:54 +0000

Compañía multibillonaria paga a los detenidos con antojitos o $1 al día por trabajar

TACOMA — El Procurador General Bob Ferguson anunció hoy una demanda en contra de The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), el segundo proveedor de cárceles privadas más grande del país, por no pagar el salario mínimo a sus trabajadores, lucrando millones en ganancias ilícitas. La demanda del estado solicita al tribunal que ordene a la compañía a renunciar a estas ganancias.

AG Ferguson sues operator of the Northwest Detention Center for wage violations

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:15:29 +0000

Multi-billion dollar company pays detainees in snacks or $1 per day for labor

AG prosecutors seek to prevent community release of Thurston County sex offender

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:18:35 +0000

OLYMPIA — Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit are in Thurston County Superior Court, fighting to prevent a dangerous sex offender from being conditionally released into the community. The trial begins today and is expected to continue for approximately two weeks.

More than $41M headed to consumers in AG Ferguson’s LCD price-fixing case

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:27:23 +0000

Scheme by LCD manufacturers drove up cost on TVs, monitors, laptops, cell phones

OLYMPIA — Beginning next week, checks will be in the mail for consumers affected by an elaborate price-fixing conspiracy by LCD manufacturers, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today. A total of $41.1 million is on its way to 24,632 consumers and businesses in all 39 counties.

Consumer Alert: Advice on how to cope with Equifax data breach

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:56:52 +0000

OLYMPIA — Equifax, one of the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies, recently announced a serious data breach that could impact millions of Washington consumers.

“This is a very serious data breach affecting millions of Washingtonians,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “My team and I will do everything we can to protect consumers.”

Following this announcement, the Attorney General’s Office suggests that consumers take the following actions:

AG Ferguson files lawsuit to block Trump’s decision to abandon “Dreamers”

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:29:31 +0000

Lawsuit seeks to reverse the president’s decision to end DACA program

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a multi-state lawsuit co-led by Washington, New York and Massachusetts, seeking to halt President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The president’s decision to end protections for nearly 18,000 so-called “Dreamers” in Washington state, and about 800,000 nationwide, is both unconstitutional and illegal, Ferguson’s lawsuit alleges.

AG Ferguson sues Tacoma’s St. Joseph for withholding charity care from thousands

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:50:41 +0000

Senior management knew: “I’m afraid this is going to backfire on us if we are not very careful very soon.”

TACOMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, alleging it repeatedly violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act by withholding charity care from tens of thousands of low-income patients since at least 2012.

AG Ferguson vows to take legal action if Trump cancels DACA

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:34:01 +0000

President expected to announce his decision on Tuesday

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today following news reports that President Donald Trump plans to announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

AG Ferguson sues CHI Franciscan over price-fixing and anticompetitive Kitsap deals

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:04:21 +0000

Thousands of patients saw fewer choices, increased costs

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a federal lawsuit today against CHI Franciscan, The Doctors Clinic and WestSound Orthopaedics seeking to undo two unlawful agreements that have raised prices and decreased competition for healthcare on the Kitsap Peninsula.

AG obtains guilty plea in first-of-its-kind criminal sales tax case

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:53:08 +0000

Restaurant owner and corporation ordered to pay restitution for using “sales suppression” software to pocket more than $300k in sales tax

OLYMPIA — A Bellevue restaurant owner today pleaded guilty in a criminal tax theft case prosecuted by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The restaurant owner used “sales suppression” software to hide cash transactions, pocketing an estimated $395,000 in sales tax collected from her patrons.

This case is the first prosecution in the United States for the use of sales suppression software.

AG prosecutors seek to prevent community release of Clark County sex offender

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:58:25 +0000

VANCOUVER — Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit are in Clark County Superior Court this week, fighting to prevent a dangerous sex offender from being conditionally released into the community. The trial is expected to continue for two weeks.

Timothy McMahon, 56, has been convicted of multiple sex offenses against children, dating back to 1985.  In the interest of public safety, the AGO’s Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) unit is seeking to prevent his conditional release to the community.

AG Ferguson statement on national monument report

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:45:15 +0000

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement in response to today’s report from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on his review of national monuments:

“In May, I sent a letter to the Trump Administration promising legal action if President Trump attempted to harm Washington’s national monuments. While I’m glad to see Washington’s national monuments appear to be safe from this attack, I’m troubled that Secretary Zinke and President Trump appear ready to overstep their authority in an unprecedented way.

AG Ferguson proposes update to Public Records Act Model Rules

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:45:54 +0000

Proposed rule changes improve agency responsiveness and address the use of personal communications devices

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a proposed update to the Public Records Act (PRA) Model Rules, reflecting changes in state law and helping the public and agencies navigate changing technology.

AG obtains $7 million in debt relief for nearly 2,000 Washington student borrowers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:19:53 +0000

Aequitas Capital managed private loans for Corinthian College students

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Aequitas Capital Management must provide nearly 2,000 Washington student loan borrowers more than $7 million in debt relief.

Attorney General’s Office seeks US Supreme Court review in culverts case

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:39:41 +0000

Washington committed to protecting salmon, seeking to resolve challenges with lower court ruling

OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the “culverts case,” officially referred to as United States of America et al. v. State of Washington. Today was the deadline for filing the petition for Supreme Court review.