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...
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...
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.
Washington sues sham breast cancer charity
SEATTLE (AP) — A court found that a sham charity took millions of dollars from Washington residents donating to help fight breast cancer.
SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed by Washington state's attorney general claims a New York stockbroker with known ties to organized crime may have set up fake nonprofits in the state, possibly to cover up illegal activities.
Judge blocks release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Donald Trump questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online.
The company behind the plans, Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday.
Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety.
SEATTLE (AP) — Facebook and Washington state have reached a legally binding agreement that requires the tech giant to stop enabling advertisers to unlawfully discriminate in who sees their ads.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches — limiting their wages and job opportunities — under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington.
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington, California and at least nine other states are planning to sue the Trump administration over its separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the president's executive order halting the practice is riddled with caveats and fails to reunite parents and children who have already been torn apart.
SEATTLE (AP) — Google stopped accepting political ads in Washington state Thursday, the same day changes to the state's campaign-finance reporting requirements and enforcement procedures took effect.
The company took action days after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the company, along with Facebook, saying the tech firms are not obeying state law on political-ad transparency.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday sued Google and Facebook, saying the companies failed to maintain information about political advertising as required by state law.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a pre-emptive lawsuit filed against Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson by the company that owns Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores.
TVI Inc., of Bellevue, sued the attorney general's office in December in an effort to head off an expected legal action by Ferguson. The lawsuit said the attorney general had demanded $3.2 million to settle a three-year investigation, but that the demand violated its free speech rights.
Swedish, Providence to pay $1.4M over out-of-network lab
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the affiliated Providence and Swedish health care providers have agreed to pay $1.4 million for failing to tell patients that a pathology lab was out-of-network for their insurance.
OLYMPIA – Washington will join other states in a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plans to ask about a person’s citizenship status on the 2020 census form.
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has sued the administration over policies ranging from travel bans to transgender service in the military, said Tuesday he will join a multistate challenge of the citizenship question announced earlier in the day in New York.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration's proposal to expand offshore drilling off the Pacific Northwest coast is drawing vocal opposition in a region where multimillion-dollar fossil fuel projects have been blocked in recent years.
The governors of Washington and Oregon, many in the state's congressional delegation and other top state officials have criticized Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plan to open 90 percent of the nation's offshore reserves to development by private companies.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Disabled military veterans in Washington state who use vouchers to pay rent will find it easier to lease homes thanks to a sting operation by the state attorney general's office.
The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that 10 property managers across the state initially declined to rent to investigators who posed as veterans using Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers to pay rent.
State uses sting operation to fine companies accused of veteran housing discrimination
Three Spokane-area rental companies illegally discriminated against veterans who use federal housing vouchers, according to the Washington state attorney general’s office.
The companies – KPS Realty, Domus Urbis and Country Homes Realty – are among 10 companies statewide targeted by an undercover sting operation that refused the use of Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing vouchers, part of a joint program between the U.S. departments of Housing & Urban Development and Veterans Affairs.
State sues attorney over alleged campaign-finance violations
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington attorney who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the state Court of Appeals is facing allegations of campaign-finance violations.
OLYMPIA – Although they believe there is not enough oil or gas off the Washington coast to be worth drilling, state officials vowed to do everything possible to thwart a plan by the Trump Administration to open the area to exploration.
Gov. Jay Inslee said the state may find ways to ban the ships that service off-shore rigs from Washington ports, and will encourage cities and counties along the coast to fight the proposed leasing.
Washington AG threatens suit over offshore drilling plans
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday that he is prepared to sue if Washington is not removed from offshore drilling plans put forth by the Trump administration.
Ferguson-Legislature spat highlights attorney general’s role
SEATTLE (AP) — The duties of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson are laid out in state law. Among them: to defend any state officer or employee in court if they're sued in their public capacity.
So how is it that the popular Democrat has not only declined to represent the Legislature in a public records lawsuit brought by news organizations, but has actually filed a friend-of-the-court brief contrary to lawmakers' position in the case?
Attorney General says lawmaker records subject to disclosure
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Attorney General's office said Wednesday that state lawmakers are subject to the same rules of disclosure that cover other elected officials and employees at state agencies.
The Latest: Ferguson: Sessions won’t meet on pot issues
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Washington state reaction to the rescinding by the Trump administration of policy by president Barack Obama's Justice Department generally barred federal law enforcement officials from interfering with marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal (all times local):
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says it's frustrating that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't meet with state officials to discuss marijuana laws.
Washington sues Motel 6 for giving guest information to US
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's attorney general sued Motel 6 on Wednesday, alleging the national budget chain disclosed the private information of thousands of its guests to U.S. immigration authorities in violation of the state consumer protection law.
Travel lawsuit, train crash among top 10 Washington stories
Washington taking the lead among states in legal battles against President Donald Trump's travel ban was voted the state's top news story of 2017 by Associated Press member editors and AP staff.
Other top news items of the past 12 months included the deadly Amtrak train derailment south of Tacoma, the death of Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell and the multiple radiation scares at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Washington expands lawsuit against Comcast over service plan
SEATTLE (AP) — The state of Washington announced Thursday that it is expanding a lawsuit against cable and internet provider Comcast and accusing the company of discarding recorded customer service calls that the attorney general claims is evidence of the company's alleged deceptive sales practices.
Washington AG sues company that owns Value Village
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a company that owns Value Village, saying the company has deceived thousands of Washington consumers and donors for more than a decade.
Bob Ferguson says he’ll sue over FCC’s net neutrality repeal
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he plans to file yet another lawsuit against the federal government: this one over net neutrality.
In a news release, Ferguson said that within days he will challenge the Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday to repeal Obama-era rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. He says the agency failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act.
Value Village sues Washington attorney general over demands
SEATTLE (AP) — The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated the company's rights by demanding $3.2 million to settle a three-year investigation.
TVI Inc., of Bellevue, said in the lawsuit filed in federal court Monday that it's trying to head off an anticipated complaint from the attorney general's office.