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State of Washington Governor Inslee statement on retirement of Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst
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State of Washington Governor Inslee statement on retirement of Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst

Olympia, WA (STL.News) - Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released a statement today following the announcement that Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst intends to retire in January. “I thank Chief Justice Fairhurst for her commitment to serving justice for all Washingtonians.  She has led on access to justice for low-income individuals and families, enhancing opportunities for women and minorities in the legal profession and working to increase public legal education for children and youth. "Mary's remarkable leadership and tireless community engagement will continue to have a positive impact on our state long after she’s left the bench.  I wish her the very best in a well-deserved retirement.”
Washington State AG Ferguson Statement on Trump Administration Announcing Anti-Immigrant Rule
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Washington State AG Ferguson Statement on Trump Administration Announcing Anti-Immigrant Rule

OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - State of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement following the Trump Administration’s announcement of changes to the “public charge” rule that would allow immigration officials to deny new or continuing legal status to immigrants who use or may use public benefits to which he or she is entitled: “The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda continues today with the announcement of proposed changes to the public charge rule,” Ferguson said.  “These changes force legally present immigrant families into a Hobson’s choice — to sacrifice their dream of becoming Americans in order to provide health care, food or a roof over their children’s heads, or let their families go without in order to remain in the country.  That’s a choice t...
Judge Finds Tim Eyman in Contempt Over New Discovery Violations in Washington State AG’s Campaign Finance Lawsuit
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Judge Finds Tim Eyman in Contempt Over New Discovery Violations in Washington State AG’s Campaign Finance Lawsuit

Eyman has been in contempt on previous issues since February 2018 OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - A Thurston County Superior Court judge today found initiative promoter Tim Eyman in contempt a second time in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit.  Eyman and/or his company, Watchdog for Taxpayers, have been in contempt on separate discovery violations for 525 days, racking up sanctions of $211,750. Judge James Dixon found Eyman in contempt today because of Eyman’s refusal to disclose complete information related to hundreds of thousands of dollars of payments he solicited from individual donors, despite an order compelling him to provide the information.  This information was originally due Jan. 24, 2019, and the special discovery master ordered him to produce the information b...
Washington State News: Judge Rejects Opioid Distributors’Request to Dimiss AG Ferguson’s Lawsuit
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Washington State News: Judge Rejects Opioid Distributors’Request to Dimiss AG Ferguson’s Lawsuit

Washington State AG looks to hold major distributors accountable for fueling opioid epidemic SEATTLE, WA (STL.News) - A King County Superior Court judge today rejected an attempt by three multi-billion dollar opioid distributors to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit seeking to hold the companies accountable for their role in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic. “These opioid distributors won’t avoid public accountability so easily,” Ferguson said.  “The judge rejected these companies’ efforts to avoid their day in court.  Those responsible for this epidemic must face accountability.” After hearing arguments today, Judge Marshall Ferguson rejected the companies’ motion to dismiss the case. Ferguson’s lawsuit, filed in March, asserts that McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc....
State of Washington AG Prosecutors successfully block release of dangerous sex offender, Michael Cole, in Kitsap County
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State of Washington AG Prosecutors successfully block release of dangerous sex offender, Michael Cole, in Kitsap County

PORT ORCHARD, WA (STL.News) - State of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit successfully blocked the release of a convicted sex offender after a Kitsap County judge decided he should not be conditionally released into the community. Michael Cole had petitioned for release from the State’s Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island to a “less restrictive alternative” in the community. In the interest of public safety, prosecutors from Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit have been working since July 2018 to prevent Brock’s release. Cole, 44, was found by to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) in 2012 and was civilly committed to the state’s Special Commitment Center.  Brock’s criminal history includes convictions of fir...
Equifax to pay tup to $700M following AG investigation
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Equifax to pay tup to $700M following AG investigation

Equifax must provide up to $425M in restitution for consumers, improve security practices OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with 49 other attorneys general, yesterday announced that credit-reporting agency Equifax will pay more than half a billion dollars because of a 2017 data breach affecting nearly 150 million individuals nationwide.  This is the largest data breach enforcement action in U.S. history. “Equifax handles Washingtonians’ personal data, and we expect them to keep that information safe,” said Ferguson.  “This resolution holds Equifax accountable to the millions of individuals who had their information stolen.” As part of resolutions with Washington, 49 other attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the ...
Washington State: Attorney General Ferguson Statement on Latest Suit Against the Trump Administration’s EPA
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Washington State: Attorney General Ferguson Statement on Latest Suit Against the Trump Administration’s EPA

Lawsuit seeks to force the EPA to ensure adequate data is collected on asbestos SEATTLE, WA (STL.News) - State of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement yesterday after Ferguson filed his 40th lawsuit against the Trump Administration.  The lawsuit, filed in federal court in California, seeks to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to collect adequate data on the importation and use of asbestos in the United States: “The EPA can’t adequately assess the human health risks posed by asbestos if it doesn’t even know how much of this highly toxic substance is coming into the country,” Ferguson said.  “Asbestos is a dangerous pollutant, posing significant and life-threatening risks to people who are exposed to it.  The Trump Administration should...
Washington State Attorney General chargers hotel owner, Vrajlal Nariya, over asbestos removal, allegedly lying under oath
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Washington State Attorney General chargers hotel owner, Vrajlal Nariya, over asbestos removal, allegedly lying under oath

Seattle Pacific Hotel owner, Vrajlal Nariya, faces felony perjury charge in addition to Clean Air Act violations OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed criminal charges in King County Superior Court against the owner of the Seattle Pacific Hotel, alleging multiple violations of the state Clean Air Act for illegal asbestos removal, and perjury for making false statements to investigators under oath. Ferguson asserts that during renovations of the Aurora Avenue hotel, owner Vrajlal Nariya directed a non-asbestos certified roofing contractor to remove ceiling material he knew contained asbestos in the hotel lobby.  Another contractor saw the workers removing the asbestos-containing material without the proper safety equipment, and notified the Department ...
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Statement Regarding ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech)
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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Statement Regarding ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech)

OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson yesterday announced that as a result of an investigation, Student CU Connect LLC (CUSO) will provide debt relief for 100 percent of its student loans for deceiving ITT Technical Institute students when it issued the loans. ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech) was a for-profit college that abruptly closed all of its 149 campuses in September 2016, including campuses in Seattle, Everett and Spokane Valley.  CUSO must provide a total of $5.1 million in student loan debt relief to 538 Washington borrowers who attended ITT Tech.  The median amount of debt relief Washington borrowers will receive is $6,096.  Nationally, CUSO will discharge $168.2 million in loans. CUSO issued loans to only ITT Tech students between 2009 and ...
Washington State Attorney General Ferguson statement on victory in Hanford Workers’ compensation case
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Washington State Attorney General Ferguson statement on victory in Hanford Workers’ compensation case

OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement on a U.S. District Court rejecting the federal government's challenge of Washington’s law making it easier for Hanford workers to access workers’ compensation benefits: “It was disappointing to see the federal government once again fighting against doing the right thing for the men and women of Hanford.  The court appropriately rejected the Trump Administration’s attempt to undermine our state protections for Hanford workers.  Hanford workers do incredibly important work cleaning up the federal government’s nuclear program.  If they get sick as a result, they deserve the ability to access the benefits they have earned. “I thank my legal team for the hard work they put into this case, a...
Washington Governor Jay Inslee statement on EPA guidance that restricts states’ ability to protect clean water
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee statement on EPA guidance that restricts states’ ability to protect clean water

Olympia, WA (STL.News) - Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released a statement Friday following guidance from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that drastically narrows the scope and timelines for states' certifications for water quality permits under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. “This new guidance, written without consultation with states and tribal communities, is the latest step in an unprecedented assault from the Trump Administration on the right of states to protect their waters and communities. “Our state is currently reviewing the implications, but it is clear the Clean Water Act is now under direct and sustained attack by the federal government.  We will not allow this or any president to illegally constrain our ability to protect Washingtonians’ right...
Washington State AG Ferguson: Judge finds Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act nearly half a million times
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Washington State AG Ferguson: Judge finds Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act nearly half a million times

Represents the largest trial award in a consumer protection case ever brought by the Washington State Attorney General OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - A King County Superior Court judge yesterday ruled that multi-billion dollar telecommunications conglomerate Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act more than 445,000 times when it charged tens of thousands of Washingtonians for its Service Protection Plan without their consent.  Judge Timothy Bradshaw ordered Comcast to pay nearly $9.1 million in penalties, in addition to providing restitution to tens of thousands of Washington Service Protection Plan customers. “Comcast refused to accept responsibility for its egregious conduct that resulted in Washingtonians losing money every month for a product they did not want or request,” Ferguson sai...
Washington State Attorney General’s 22nd Legal Victory Against the Trump Administration
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Washington State Attorney General’s 22nd Legal Victory Against the Trump Administration

EPA will pay $6,000 for Ferguson’s attorney fees in lawsuit over FOIA request OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) — As a result of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided more than 1,700 pages of communications previously not made public between the EPA and advisory committee members in the wake of its 2017 policy barring scientists who receive grants from the agency from serving on the committees. In addition to providing the documents, the EPA must pay $6,000 in attorney costs and fees to the Washington Attorney General’s Office to resolve the case. In May of 2018, Ferguson filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington after the EPA failed to respond to his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  The F...
Federal Judge Rules the Trump Administration illegally rolled back critical environmental protections
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Federal Judge Rules the Trump Administration illegally rolled back critical environmental protections

Attorney General Ferguson’s 20th legal victory against Trump Administration OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement yesterday after a federal judge in Montana ruled that the Trump Administration illegally revoked an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, and must comply with a federal law requiring environmental analysis before leasing coal-mining rights on public lands: “It’s fitting that on the eve of Earth Day, another federal judge slaps down the Trump Administration’s illegal effort to roll back basic environmental protections,” said Ferguson.  “The Trump Administration illegally revoked the Obama-era moratorium on leasing public lands for coal-mining even though its Interior Department admitted it di...
State of Washington News: Attorney General Bob Ferguson statement on arrest of superior judge in Asotin County
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State of Washington News: Attorney General Bob Ferguson statement on arrest of superior judge in Asotin County

SEATTLE, WA (STL.News) - State of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, yesterday issued the following statement on the arrest of a superior court judge in Asotin County: “Today, Judge Scott Gallina was taken into custody by the Washington State Patrol, on suspicion of felony rape in the second degree, second degree assault, and indecent liberties. I have accepted a request from the Asotin County Prosecutor to handle the case. We are reviewing the investigation and we expect to have a decision on possible criminal charges tomorrow. My office has been and will continue to work closely with the State Patrol to investigate the allegations. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Greg Tri or Detective Scott Neustel of the Washington State Patrol at 509-249-6743...
Washington State Attorney General Ferguson and L&I Director Sacks on Alaska Airlines US Supreme Court Decision
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Washington State Attorney General Ferguson and L&I Director Sacks on Alaska Airlines US Supreme Court Decision

High court declines case, leaves ruling that protects state workers in place OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Department of Labor & Industries Director Joel Sacks offer the following statement on the United States Supreme Court decision to decline to hear Alaska Airlines v. L&I: “This is a victory for Washington workers.  The decision protects workers’ rights to use their leave for their families’ medical needs, and leaves in place a lower court decision that our family care law is not preempted by the less protective federal law, and it remains in place.” Case background The Washington Family Care Act has long allowed workers to use sick leave or other paid time off to provide for the health care needs of their families.  L&I is the sta...