Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Sep 01 2017

Dear Friends,

Holding lawbreakers accountable is what my job is all about. I have worked hard to make sure my office stops bad actors in their tracks and takes steps to deter future ones.

My Antitrust Division has been hard at work to ensure that you, the consumer, are not forced to pay higher prices due to price fixing. Washingtonians will see real, positive impacts in their everyday lives thanks to the division’s efforts this month.

In this issue:

Thank you for following the work of the Attorney General’s Office.

Sincerely,

Bob Ferguson
Washington State Attorney General

   

My response to AG Sessions: You’re wrong on marijuana

Since February of this year, Governor Inslee and I have been requesting a face-to-face meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss Department of Justice policy on recreational marijuana legalization. In July, we finally received his response. Attorney General Sessions’ letter was disappointing. It referred to an outdated report on marijuana in our state, and made several allegations that were incorrect and ill-informed. The Governor and I addressed those allegations in a letter to AG Sessions.

Our invitation to meet is still on the table. We would love to speak with him directly and explain why we will continue to defend voter-approved marijuana legalization in our state.  

 

The News Tribune
Here’s what Jeff Sessions got wrong on marijuana, according to Washington state officials

The Stranger
What Is Jeff Sessions Smoking?

The Seattle Times 
Washington state will resist federal crackdown on legal weed, AG Ferguson says


CHI Franciscan increased costs, cut choices for Kitsap

CHI Franciscan Health has quickly been making its way into Puget Sound communities on both sides of the Sound. Its acquisitions on the Kitsap Peninsula raised concerns among patients and alerted our antitrust team. After an investigation, my office found that executives of the healthcare system did not have its patients’ best interests in mind when it made two deals with other health care providers in the area. Thousands of patients saw higher prices, longer waits and fewer choices. Franciscan’s motives are best explained in the words of its Chief Financial Officer, “to drop a couple million more to [their] bottom line.”

My lawsuit alleges that CHI Franciscan violated state and federal price-fixing and antitrust laws, and seeks to unwind CHI’s anticompetitive deals and pay back the gains they made through them.    

 

Kitsap Sun
State sues CHI Franciscan, alleging anticompetitive deals in Kitsap

The News Tribune
CHI Franciscan padded ‘bottom line at the expense of its patients,’ attorney general says

KIRO
AG Ferguson sues CHI Franciscan for 'price-fixing monopoly'


Working across Washington

Baseball has always been a favorite pastime of mine. After college, I traveled the United States with a friend and saw a game in every major league baseball stadium. This summer, I only had time to visit a few. In August, I had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Tacoma Rainiers game. I didn’t try to take a bite out of this one, like I did last month.

I also had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places, the town whose pronunciation baffles non-Washingtonians, Sequim. As I told the Sequim Sunrise Rotary, I proposed to my wife on the Dungeness Spit. I enjoyed telling them that story and speaking to them about the work of my office. The Sequim Sunrise Rotary was my 98th rotary visit as Attorney General.

Sequim Gazette
Attorney General visits Rotary


 

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