Jan 13 2016
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced legislation to improve the delivery of legal assistance services to current and former military service members. The proposed legislation to create an Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance in the Attorney General’s Office authorizes the office to facilitate access to legal assistance programs and pro bono (volunteer) legal representation for military service members, veterans and their families.
Dec 10 2015
SEATTLE — In the latest action in a crackdown on illegal assistance to immigrants, Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against an Everett man accused of advertising immigration law services, when he is not an attorney or accredited to provide such services.
Dec 4 2015
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the filing of an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in the United States Supreme Court, supporting President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions to reform our country’s immigration system.
Nov 23 2015
OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are reminding Washingtonians to make smart choices when giving money to charity and avoid unscrupulous solicitors during the upcoming holidays and afterward.
Oct 23 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a $63,000 resolution of an investigation into alleged unfair debt collection practices and deceptive advertising by retailer Freedom Stores, Inc. The alleged violations included filing lawsuits against Washington military service members in Virginia without their knowledge and contacting commanding officers with details of a service member’s debt.
Sep 14 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a Friday court order against EC New Horizons and EC Horizons requires repeat offenders Edwin Cruz and Maurice Terry to pay $234,000. Cruz and Terry provided unlawful immigration assistance to over 400 Washington victims. The resolution includes $149,000 in money back for victims.
Aug 19 2015
SEATTLE — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office is taking action to combat illegal immigration services and crack down on “notario” fraud. The AG’s Office filed legal actions involving four separate entities engaged in scams targeting immigrant consumers in Washington. Ferguson also announced a $125,000 grant to prevent immigration services fraud and ensure immigrant consumers have greater access to legal assistance.
Jul 17 2015
OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has stopped the deceptive business practices used by Lynnwood, Wash. company Emerald Capital Preservation, Inc. (ECP) and its owner Donald Smith, who failed to disclose a financial conflict of interest to veteran clients and charged unreasonable fees for basic services. The enforcement action announced today includes $26,564 in restitution to 35 victims.
Jun 11 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against a Snohomish couple who scammed elderly Washington residents applying for Medicaid and veterans benefits. The Attorney General’s Office alleges that the Cooks’ actions violated the state Consumer Protection Act.
May 19 2015
SEATTLE — Today marks the 180th day since President Obama announced a series of reforms he was undertaking by executive action. Under the Obama Administration’s plan, millions of families, including thousands of Washington residents, would today be filing requests under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA). Instead, implementation of this and other reform initiatives has been delayed by a misguided lawsuit led by the state of Texas.