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Major Current Cases

The office of the Attorney General handles thousands of cases every year. To follow are summaries of recent cases with high levels of public interest. Click on the hyperlinks for more detailed background, links to briefs and other information.  This page will be updated frequently.

Yucca Mountain Repository: In 2002, Congress designated Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the nation’s repository site for deep geologic disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. Per federal law, Congress then directed the federal Dept. of Energy to file a license application for the Yucca Mountain site with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and thereby commence a formal evaluation and licensing process overseen by the NRC.   Washington currently houses millions of gallons of hazardous waste and is preparing to treat it for safe disposal.  Although much of this treated waste will be permanently disposed of at Hanford, a multi-billion-dollar waste treatment plant is being built to prepare the additional waste to meet the specifications of the Yucca facility.

Roughly $10 billion has been spent to date pursuing development of a high level waste repository at Yucca Mountain—and billions more have been spent in Washington. In January 2010, the federal government announced it was withdrawing it's license application and began dismantling the Yucca project.

Washington argues that the Nuclear Waste Policy Act requires the DOE and the NRC to undertake a licensing process for Yucca Mountain. Washington argues that under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, neither the DOE nor the NRC have the legal authority to terminate that licensing process prematurely and in a manner that forever forecloses it from being reopened.

National Mortgage Settlement: In February 2012, after many months of negotiation, Washington and 48 other state attorneys general and the federal government reached agreement on a historic joint state-federal settlement with the country’s five largest loan servicers.

  •      Ally/GMAC: 800-766-4622
  •      Bank of America: 877-488-7814
  •      Citi: 866-272-4749
  •      JPMorgan Chase: 866-372-6901
  •      Wells Fargo: 800-288-3212

The settlement will provide as much as $25 billion in relief to distressed borrowers, including $648 million in benefits for Washington state homeowners, and direct payments to states and the federal government. It’s by far the largest multistate consumer financial protection settlement in U.S. history.

The agreement settles state and federal investigations finding that the country’s five largest loan servicers routinely signed foreclosure related documents outside the presence of a notary public and without really knowing whether the facts they contained were correct. Both of these practices violate the law. The settlement provides benefits to borrowers whose loans are owned by the settling banks as well as to many of the borrowers whose loans they service.

Last updated: February 18, 2013


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