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Senate Law & Justice hears testimony on bill to end death penalty in Washington

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:22:44 +0000

AG Ferguson, King County Prosecutor Satterberg among those testifying

OLYMPIA — The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard public testimony today on a bipartisan proposal to end the death penalty in Washington state, replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole for those convicted of aggravated first-degree murder.

Among those testifying in favor of the proposal were families of murder victims, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

AG Ferguson challenges FCC decision to end net neutrality

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:36:01 +0000

Action is first step in appeals process to protect a fair and open internet

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a petition to appeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to rescind net neutrality rules.

The FCC’s decision repealed Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from treating websites differently based on their content. The FCC order also prevents states from being able to protect their consumers from illegal actions taken by internet service providers.

State Senate hears testimony on AG-sponsored gun safety legislation

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:03:30 +0000

Ferguson proposes limiting high capacity magazines and requiring enhanced background checks for assault weapon purchases


OLYMPIA — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson testified in front of the Senate Committee on Law and Justice Committee to support two gun safety bills advanced by his office. One bill limits high capacity magazines to 10 rounds. The other requires enhanced background checks for individuals buying assault weapons, guaranteeing a waiting period of up to 10 days for assault weapon purchases.

AG Ferguson statement on US Supreme Court accepting review of culverts case

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:47:13 +0000

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear United States of America et al. v. State of Washington.

“Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear our appeal of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the culverts case.

“We have worked hard to reach a resolution in this case outside of court. To that end, I have personally met with tribal leaders three times in an effort to reach agreement. While we made progress, we have not reached a mutually acceptable resolution.

Ferguson: New details unsealed in lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:35:15 +0000

Purdue Pharma’s interactions with high-prescribing doctors made public

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed an unredacted complaint against Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma, which reveals previously sealed details from the company’s internal documents.

AG sues Motel 6 for violating privacy of, discriminating against thousands of Washingtonians

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:56:40 +0000

Motel 6 provided guests’ personal information to law enforcement without warrant

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against national hotel chain Motel 6 for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a routine basis for at least two years. Each time Motel 6 released a guest list, it included the name and private information of every guest at the hotel.

Procurador General demanda a Motel 6 por violación de la privacidad y discriminación contra miles de residentes en Washington

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:53:16 +0000

Motel 6 proporcionó información personal de los huéspedes a las autoridades sin orden judicial

SEATTLE — El Procurador General Bob Ferguson anunció hoy una demanda contra la cadena hotelera nacional Motel 6 por proporcionar voluntariamente listas de huéspedes a agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estado Unidos (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE) de manera regular durante al menos dos años. Cada vez que Motel 6 proporcionaba una lista de huéspedes, incluía el nombre y la información privada de cada huésped en el hotel.

AG Ferguson’s student loan report reinforces need for protections

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:31:23 +0000

More than 800,000 Washington borrowers owe more than $24B in student loan debt

OLYMPIA — The number of student loan borrowers in Washington state likely exceeds 800,000, an increase of more than 35 percent compared to a decade ago, according to a report released today by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Washingtonians collectively owed $24.4 billion in student loan debt at the end of 2016.

AG Ferguson files lawsuit against family for pocketing hundreds of thousands of donations meant for disadvantaged children

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:03:41 +0000

Haueter family spent most of $1.5M in donations for personal benefit, vacations

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against a Leavenworth man and his family for pocketing most of $1.5 million in donations that thousands of Washingtonians thought were going to disadvantaged children. Roy Bronsin Haueter’s family instead used most of the donations to pay themselves and go on family vacations.

AG Ferguson’s lawsuit reveals Comcast deceived customers, charged for service plans without consent

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 19:08:44 +0000

New evidence reveals more than half of sampled customers signed up without consent

SEATTLE — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson amended his lawsuit against Comcast to include new evidence revealing even more deceptive conduct than previously alleged.

AG Ferguson files multi-million dollar lawsuit against for-profit Value Village

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:00:52 +0000

Consumers deceived by ads, sometimes zero dollars actually went to charity

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a consumer protection lawsuit against the for-profit company that owns Value Village, alleging Bellevue-based TVI, Inc. has deceived thousands of Washington consumers and donors for more than a decade.

The company is the largest for-profit thrift retailer in the world, generating more than $1 billion in annual revenue. It runs 330 stores worldwide and 20 Value Village stores in Washington state.

AG Ferguson announces lawsuit to come on net neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:25:29 +0000

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement on today's Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality.

"Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not.

"Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country.

SCAM ALERT: Watch out for scammers posing as the Washington State Supreme Court Clerk

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:16:37 +0000

OLYMPIA — Scammers are posing as the Washington State Supreme Court Clerk to call Washingtonians to demand money and threaten arrest. The fraudulent calls have so far targeted individuals with Hispanic last names.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst urge consumers not to fall for the scammers’ ploy. The Supreme Court will never threaten people with arrest or demand payment.

ALERTA DE FRAUDE: Tenga cuidado con los estafadores que se hacen pasar por el secretario del Tribunal Superior

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:32:25 +0000

OLYMPIA — Algunos estafadores se están haciendo pasar por el Secretario del Tribunal Superior para llamar a los habitantes de Washington para exigirles dinero y amenazarlos con arrestarlos. Hasta el momento, las llamadas han tenido como blanco personas con apellidos hispanos.

Bob Ferguson, el Procurador General, y Mary Fairhurst, Presidenta del Tribunal, exhortan a los consumidores a no caer en el engaño de los estafadores. El Tribunal Superior nunca amenaza a las personas con arrestarlas ni les exige pago alguno.

Federal judge blocks transgender military ban in Lambda Legal case, AG Ferguson case

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:02:28 +0000

Washington first state to win injunction of Trump transgender military ban

SEATTLE — A federal judge today granted a preliminary injunction against President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. The ruling came as part of a challenge brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, nine individual plaintiffs and three organizations.

“The Court finds that the policy prohibiting openly transgender individuals from serving in the military is likely unconstitutional,” the court wrote.