Judge won’t dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's effort to force a privately run immigration jail to pay its detainees minimum wage for work they perform can continue after all, a federal judge ruled...
Firm told to pay $1 million after funneling money to Eyman
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered a for-profit signature-gathering firm and its principal to collectively pay more than $1 million for deceiving Washington...
17 states sue feds over Endangered Species Act rules
SEATTLE (AP) — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in...
Judge plans to dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge who previously ruled that Washington state could pursue its claim that immigration detainees must be paid minimum wage for work at a privately run, for-profit...
Washington state sues Trump over diverted military funding
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's attorney general sued President Donald Trump on Thursday over his plan to shift more than $3.6 billion in military construction funding to help build a border...
Motel 6 guests can file claims over info shared with ICE
SEATTLE (AP) — More than 100,000 Motel 6 guests whose information was shared with U.S. immigration agents can now files claims for part of a $12 million settlement the company agreed to pay...
DOJ: Immigration facility shouldn’t have to pay minimum wage
SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration detention center pay detainees minimum wage for the work they...
The Latest: AP sources: Inslee to seek 3rd term as governor
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his 2020 presidential bid (all times local):
Two people close to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee have told The...
Judge orders jail release for ex-Wapato city administrator
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Former Wapato city administrator Juan Orozco has been released from jail after a judge ruled there was no basis for the arrest.
Washington state city settles lawsuit with former official
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A city in Washington state has settled a lawsuit stemming from the removal of an administrator who faced allegations of enriching himself through his position.
Former Wapato city administrator arrested
WAPATO, Wash. (AP) — Former Wapato city administrator Juan Orozco has been arrested on suspicion of official misconduct.
News outlets report Orozco was booked into jail Tuesday...
Seattle City Council member Lorena González announces AG run
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle City Council member Lorena González on Thursday announced she's running for attorney general, the latest candidate in a growing Democratic field seeking to succeed...
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Officials near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are at odds over Washington state's lawsuit against the Navy in its plans to expand jet operations there.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington is suing the city of Sunnyside, contending the city has unlawfully and repeatedly used its Crime Free Rental Housing Program to force tenants out of...
WAPATO, Wash. (AP) — A city official in Wapato has resigned following allegations that he used his former position as mayor to enrich himself.
Washington state sues Navy over expanded flights on island
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state sued the Navy on Tuesday over its expansion of jet operations on an island north of Seattle, saying officials failed to adequately consider the effect that...
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Energy official says there is no change proposed for waste designated as high level at the Hanford nuclear complex.
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State asks court to halt new Trump abortion rules
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's attorney general is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that allows new Trump administration hurdles for women seeking abortions...
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's challenge to a Washington state law that makes it easier for former workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation...
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against the Wapato city administrator, claiming he used his former job as mayor to unlawfully enrich...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to revise Washington's water quality standards.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has imposed more than $9 million in penalties against cable and internet provider Comcast after finding more than 445,000 violations of Washington state's Consumer...
Wash. attorney general announces consent rule for tribes
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a new policy requiring consent from tribes that might be affected by projects or initiatives from his office.
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has agreed to make sure school supplies and children's jewelry sold on its website do not contain excessive levels of lead or cadmium.
US judge in Washington state blocks new Trump abortion rule
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge in Washington state Thursday blocked new Trump administration rules that would provide additional hurdles for women seeking abortions, including by banning...
“Ghost gun” limits clear Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Legislature on Tuesday approved new limits on untraceable, undetectable firearms, including the 3D-printed guns at the center of a high-profile federal...
Johnson & Johnson settles Washington pelvic mesh lawsuit
SEATTLE (AP) — On the eve of trial, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Washington state accusing it of misrepresenting the risks of pelvic mesh...
New restrictions on debt collections advance in Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A trio of consumer protection bills has cleared major votes in the state Legislature, including one targeting a type of undated lawsuit that the state attorney general called...
Judge plans to fight courthouse rape, sex assault charges
SEATTLE (AP) — A judge in southeastern Washington has been charged with rape and other crimes which authorities say took place in the Asotin County Courthouse, authorities said...
ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a 55-year-old judge in southeastern Washington was arrested on investigation of charges related to sexual misconduct.
Motel 6 agrees to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit
SEATTLE (AP) — The national chain Motel 6 agreed Thursday to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Washington state claiming names of hotel guests were improperly provided to immigration...
Solicitor general exploring bid for attorney general
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell has announced his formation of a committee to explore a possible run for attorney general next year.
SEATTLE (AP) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed the first-ever charges under the Washington Animal Trafficking Act, which became law more than three years ago when voters approved...
Vancouver dentists to pay $1 million to Medicaid
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reached a $1 million settlement with two Vancouver, Washington, dentists and their business over allegations that they...
Inslee, Ferguson urge gun dealers to back gun control push
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee and state attorney general Bob Ferguson are urging gun dealers in Washington to abide by the terms of a gun control initiative that was easily passed by...
Washington state to sue over Trump’s new abortion policy
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday he will sue to challenge President Donald Trump's policy setting up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, calling it...
Official warns sheriffs to enforce gun law or face liability
SEATTLE (AP) — The state attorney general says sheriffs who refuse to enforce Washington's stricter new gun laws could be held responsible if they don't perform expanded background checks and someone who shouldn't have a weapon buys one and uses it in a crime.
Washington Attorney General sues LuLaRoe clothing company
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the California-based clothing company LuLaRoe contending the business is a pyramid scheme.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in a prepared statement released Friday, saying thousands of Washington residents have lost money selling clothes for LuLaRoe.
AG: Navy dumps hazardous material into Puget Sound
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the U.S. Navy dumped hazardous waste including copper and zinc, into Puget Sound and must be stopped from doing it again.
Split court: Local initiatives subject to disclosure rule
SEATTLE (AP) — A split Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the attorney general's office can pursue a campaign finance disclosure case against the conservative Evergreen Freedom Foundation.
The 5-4 majority rejected the group's assertion that the disclosure requirements did not apply to local initiatives before they're placed on the ballot.
Surgeons fear pelvic mesh lawsuits will spook patients
SEATTLE (AP) — Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states, including Washington and California, over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence might scare patients away from the best treatment options — or maybe even push the products off the market.
State of Washington opposes federal nuke waste proposal
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify as less dangerous some radioactive waste on a site in the state that contains the nation's largest supply because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground.
Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation
SEATTLE (AP) — Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday.
Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response to two lawsuits filed in June that accused the tech firms of not obeying the state law on political-ad transparency, Ferguson said.
Judge refuses to dismiss wage effort at immigration jail
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has once again refused to dismiss a Washington state effort to force The GEO Group to pay detainees minimum wage for work performed at an immigration jail in Tacoma.
U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan issued the ruling Monday, saying the for-profit private prison company had not shown that it was protected from such claims by virtue of being a federal government contractor.
Judge: GEO must turn over financial info on immigration jail
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge says the private prison company The GEO Group must turn over to Washington state detailed financial information about its immigration jail in Tacoma.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is seeking the information in a lawsuit that attempts to force the company to pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform work at the Northwest Detention Center. They previously have been paid $1 per day.
Washington state counts more than 6K sexual assault kits
SEATTLE (AP) — The attorney general's office says there are 6,460 sexual assault kits that have not yet been submitted for lab testing by law enforcement agencies in Washington state.
KIRO-TV reports the attorney general's office has completed an inventory of the untested kits and is developing a plan to conduct testing.
Uber to pay Washington $5.8 million over major data breach
SEATTLE (AP) — The ride-hailing company Uber will pay Washington state $5.79 million after it failed to notify drivers that their personal information was accessed as part of a major data breach.
The settlement announced Wednesday is part of a $148 million joint resolution with all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the November 2016 data breach.
US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the agreement represents a major win for hundreds of workers who have been getting sick for years while cleaning up the nation's nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.
Judge: GEO Group can’t depose Washington attorney general
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Tacoma won't let the private prison company GEO Group question Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson under oath.
The company wanted to depose Ferguson in a lawsuit he brought last year over GEO's practice of paying immigration detainees at the Northwest Detention Center $1 per day for janitorial and other chores. Ferguson says the detainees must be paid minimum wage.