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OLYMPIA – The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) this week dismissed a request by Avista Utilities to increase revenues by $28.9 million by raising electric rates for its Eastern Washington customers. The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office objected to the request, which would have raised rates for residential customers by 9.7 percent. Rates for business customers also would have increased.

For many years, the state has decorated and displayed an evergreen tree in the Capitol rotunda, in celebration of the holiday season. On December 18, 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire held a menorah lighting ceremony in the rotunda, adding a menorah to the holiday display. In making her decision to add a menorah, the Governor did not consult with the Attorney General’s Office, but referred to the US Supreme Court case of Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU, which stated that Christmas and Chanukah are part of a winter holiday season, which has attained an independent secular status in our society. The Allegheny Court held that in the context of the particular display considered in that case, the menorah served as recognition of cultural diversity and was part of a secular celebration of the season.

YAKIMA – El Procurador Rob McKenna advertio a consumidores hoy que hay un vendedor de programas(software) de Brainstorm USA que se ha communicado con padres que hablan Español en el Distrito Escolar de Yakima, reclamando fraudelentemente que son asociados con el distrito.

YAKIMA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers that a software salesman for Brainstorm USA has contacted Spanish-speaking parents in the Yakima School District, fraudulently claiming to be associated with the district.

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the state of Washington received $1.1 million from a $55.4 million national settlement reached with House of Prince A/S and Scandinavian Tobacco, S.I.A. to resolve a dispute over enforcement of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), under which tobacco companies reimburse the states for the health care costs of tobacco-related diseases.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers that a scam letter bearing the Mega Millions logo is being sent out to individuals in several states via standard mail. This letter notifies supposed winners of their unclaimed "Mega Millions" prize and also contains a counterfeit check.

Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that SONY BMG Music Entertainment has agreed to pay $316,000 to the state of Washington and nearly $4 million to 39 other states as part of a settlement. The company also agreed to provide refunds of up to $175 per individual consumer to resolve problems that arose when SONY BMG caused anti-copying software to be surreptitiously downloaded onto consumers’ computers by the simple act of playing a SONY BMG music CD.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today unveiled his 2007 package of open government legislation, which includes three bills reforming the Public Records Act and a joint-request bill with Governor Chris Gregoire requiring government agencies to provide actual notice to property owners when the agency is considering condemning private property.

 OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today urged homeowners to check out contractors they hire to help repair their storm-damaged homes and remove fallen trees. A quick fix may end up costing homeowners much more than the job is worth – especially if the repairs aren’t done properly and they have to pay even more to hire another contractor.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a multi-state settlement in a lawsuit against YP Corp. and its subsidiary, Telco Billing, Inc. The businesses will pay more than $2 million to resolve allegations they deceptively marketed phone listings and advertisements on internet yellow pages. The money includes reimbursements for businesses and organizations in Washington and 33 other states that paid for online advertisements they did not want.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna said Washington residents whose personal information was stored on a stolen Boeing laptop computer should take precautions to protect themselves against identity theft.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a $14.5 million settlement with Chase Bank and Trilegiant Corp. that resolves allegations the companies unlawfully deceived consumers into paying for memberships for programs that purportedly provided discounts for certain goods and services. The money will be shared by 15 states. Approximately 3,000 Washington consumers may be eligible for refunds.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna and the Washington State Bar Association are sponsoring a one-day conference to help businesses meet the challenge of safeguarding consumer information in the age of data breaches and identity theft. Learn from front-line experts about how to prevent and respond to information security breaches.

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a $1 million settlement with New York-based Secure Computer that resolves Washington’s first lawsuit under the state’s computer spyware law. An estimated 1,145 Washington residents who purchased the company’s Spyware Cleaner software and, in some cases, Popup Padlock are eligible for refunds under the agreement filed in federal court.
OLYMPIA… Attorney General Rob McKenna today named Assistant Attorney General Dawn Cortez as the new Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with two New York-based companies accused of violating Washington state's consumer protection and computer spyware laws.
Methamphetamine is the most dangerous drug our state has ever confronted. Meth poisons our children, devastates our neighborhoods and scars our environment.  This week, we mark National Meth Awareness Day, a national wake-up call that should ring extra loud in our state, which faces one of the most severe meth problems in the country.
SPOKANE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced settlements with two Spokane-based corporations accused of violating telemarketing and charity laws.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced new settlements with operators of LA Weight Loss diet centers in Washington.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with a New York man that provides restitution to Washington state consumers who purchased the software program QuikShield Security.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers about a new version of a counterfeit check scam in which victims are told they received a restitution from a lawsuit settlement.
TACOMA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Mary Lobdell has been promoted to Consumer Protection Division Section Chief for Southwest Washington effective Dec. 4.
OLYMPIA – As homeowners begin the daunting task of repairing damage caused by the recent record flood waters, their initial impulse may be to dial the first contractor in the phonebook, then hand over whatever amount of money that contractor requests. But a quick fix may end up costing homeowners much more than the job is worth – especially if the repairs aren’t done properly and they have to pay even more to hire another contractor.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with Clear Bay Fisheries, Inc., resolving allegations that the Canadian seafood supplier and its officers conspired with a convicted poacher to steal more than 65 tons of geoduck from South Puget Sound.
SEATTLE - Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned Washington residents to be aware of a new identity theft scam in which a caller claims to be your pharmacist and asks for a list of your medications and a credit card number. He also cautioned consumers about a recent proliferation of foreign lottery and counterfeit check scams.
Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that The Weinstein Company is the first motion picture company to add anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) to DVDs in which smoking is depicted.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane on Wednesday as part of the on-going schedule of school visits in his “Operation: Allied Against Meth" campaign.
Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that his office has filed first-degree theft charges and identity theft charges against three individuals accused of using falsely obtained social security numbers to get residential mortgage loans.
Attorney General Rob McKenna has promoted Assistant Attorney General Lana Weinmann to Criminal Litigation Unit Section Chief and Chief Criminal Prosecutor of the Attorney General’s Office.
SEATAC – El Procurador Rob McKenna congrego la primera de dos Conferencias de Educación para el Consumidor Latino la semana pasada en SeaTac, trayendo juntos defendedores expertos de consumidores y participantes de grupos diversos con la meta compartida de ayudar a proteger a los consumidores Latinos de el Estado de Washington de el fraude.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with PeoplePeople, resolving allegations that the Vashon-based company failed to deliver merchandise, issue refunds or respond to consumer inquiries in a timely manner. The company agreed to contact previous customers and provide refunds to those who request them
SEATAC – Attorney General Rob McKenna convened the first of two statewide Latino Consumer Education Conferences today in SeaTac, bringing together expert consumer advocates and a diverse group of participants with a shared goal of helping protect Washington’s Latino consumers from fraud.
OLYMPIA – In keeping with his long-standing commitment to fighting domestic violence, Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the appointment of Investigator Larry McKnight as the office’s Domestic Violence Liaison, a half-time position created as a new resource for local communities.
Attorney General Rob McKenna, a long-time supporter of the Eastside Domestic Violence Program and honorary co-chair for the 2006 Safe Passage Luncheon, received the organization’s Outstanding Leader of the Year award on Sept. 28.
BURIEN – Attorney General Rob McKenna wants parents to know that cyberspace is not a safe place for kids and teens to explore without Internet safety awareness. McKenna announced a new multi-agency partnership this week that uses Internet safety education as a tool to protect youth from online predators, pornography, and cyberbullies.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington and 27 other states reached an agreement with PayPal, Inc. resolving concerns about the company’s business practices.
Federal investigators in Western Washington are sharpening their focus on employees at banks, medical establishments and other institutions who are stealing or selling personal identifying information.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the case of Washington v. Washington Education Association.
OLYMPIA – The Attorney General’s Office today announced the state will seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which upheld a lower court ruling invalidating the Initiative 872, the top-two primary initiative.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and Washington’s Lottery warned Washington residents about an illegal e-mail scam that use the Washington Lottery name and logo.
OLYMPIA - Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel Penny L. Allen will receive the 2006 Washington State Bar Association’s Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Public Service.
September 14, 2006 > Organized Crime Ring Dismantled
Organized Crime Ring Dismantled – More than $500,000 in Stolen Property Recovered– Attorney General Rob McKenna and Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske today announced the conclusion of a vast organized crime investigation.
The Aspen Institute selected Attorney General Rob McKenna for a new fellowship program honoring public leaders the international organization has identified as "the true rising stars" of American politics, the institute announced this week.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the Attorney General’s Office will be the first state agency to receive confirmation from the state Dept. of Personnel for its performance-based recognition program for general service employees.
Seattle – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that he has promoted Senior Counsel Doug Walsh to chief of the Consumer Protection Division effective immediately.
OLYMPIA --- Attorney General Rob McKenna has again called upon Hollywood’s major motion picture studios to insert anti-smoking public service announcements in all DVDs, videos and other newer home viewing formats of movies in which smoking is depicted.
TACOMA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that his office has filed first-degree theft charges against a mortgage loan officer accused of stealing a check intended to pay for brokerage fees.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with CompuVest, a Renton-based corporation that sells computers via the Internet. The company will refund consumers and pay more than $20,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to honor warranties and misrepresented its products and return policies.
TACOMA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers to beware of mail indicating you’ve won a foreign lottery or sweepstakes. He asked bank tellers for their help in fighting counterfeit check scams.
SPOKANE - After nearly a year of gathering evidence and nine months of active investigation, attorneys from Attorney General Rob McKenna’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit today filed a petition in Spokane County Superior Court for the civil commitment of Kevin Coe.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Robin Arnold-Williams today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program will recover more than $3 million from a settlement with drug manufacturer Schering-Plough Corporation that resolves allegations that the company improperly marketed several products.
OLYMPIA --- State officials today expressed their disappointment with the U.S. District Court's ruling striking down the tobacco product sampling ban passed during the 2006 legislative session.
SEATTLE – Five small businesses in Washington state that lost phone and Internet services when their telecommunications provider, NorVergence, Inc., went bankrupt in 2004 will not have to pay the full amount due on their rental contracts, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office announced today.
SPOKANE – Attorney General Rob McKenna joined with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Washington and his local Medicaid fraud and criminal justice teams in Spokane today to discuss his office’s increased Eastern Washington emphasis on criminal justice issues.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the return of former Senior Counsel Jon Ferguson as the chief of the new complex litigation division in the Attorney General’s Office.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program will receive $660,500 as part of a national settlement with drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section filed expert testimony on Tuesday with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) opposing key parts of a proposed rate increase by Cascade Natural Gas Company. Public hearings on the proposed rate increase are scheduled for Aug. 29 in Yakima and Sept. 7 in Bellingham.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the filing of Washington’s second lawsuit under the state’s computer spyware act. The state’s suit accuses four California-based corporations of installing software that takes control of a consumer’s computer by launching aggressive and persistent pop-ups that demand payment for a movie download service.
WASHINGTON D.C.… The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)’s newly elected president, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, has appointed Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna to the NAAG Executive Committee for 2006-2007. McKenna will also co-chair the NAAG Tobacco Committee.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has released a follow-up study to its nationally-recognized 1997 study on child abduction murders. The 2006 study completed earlier this year adds another 175 additional solved cases to the research and presents some surprising new findings.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today made the following statement on the Washington State Supreme Court's decision in Andersen et al. v. King County et al.
SEATTLE – Nearly 54,000 Washington residential and business customers who purchase local phone services from Embarq (formerly Sprint-United) will see a credit on their July bill.
OLYMPIA - Malcolm Ross, Assistant Attorney General with the AG’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit, won his fourth civil commitment case this year, preventing a multi-victim sex predator from returning to society.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that he and other attorneys general will file a lawsuit tomorrow to prohibit the world’s largest manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chips from manipulating prices.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the state will appeal the recent U.S. District Court ruling that Initiative 297, the Cleanup Priority Act, is unconstitutional.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna has promoted Chief Criminal Prosecutor Brian Moran from the Seattle Criminal Justice Division to Chief Deputy Attorney General effective August 1.
SEATTLE – The recovery of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs laptop stolen in a May burglary is good news, said Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, but he said veterans and active-duty military whose personal information was stored on the computer should continue to take precautions until the investigation is complete.
Spokane – The state of Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation received news of a significant victory today in federal court.
OLYMPIA… Attorney General Rob McKenna and Tony Rugel, head of the new Eastern Washington Medicaid Fraud Unit, today announced two new investigators will join the team on July 1.
TACOMA – David Huey, assistant attorney general for Washington state, today was honored with the prestigious Marvin Award from the National Association of Attorneys Generals (NAAG) for his work on consumer protection issues including nationwide settlements with two sub-prime mortgage lenders.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today joined 48 other attorneys general nationwide in urging Congress to work with Internet Service Providers to adopt a meaningful data retention standard to protect data critical to online child pornography and sex crime investigations.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna will personally present the state’s arguments next Tuesday in Madison v. State of Washington. It will be his first argument as attorney general before the Washington Supreme Court.
OLYMPIA - The Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit recently won a civil commitment case in Okanogan County Superior Court, preventing one of the state’s most sexually violent predators from returning to society.
SEATTLE, June 19, 2006 – Attorney General Rob McKenna will welcome consumer protection advocates from across the nation next week when they converge in Seattle for the 31st annual conference of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators.
OLYMPIA –The Attorney General’s Office today formally filed its request to the United State Supreme Court to review the Washington state Supreme Court’s decision in State ex rel. Public Disclosure Commission v. Washington Education Ass'n, et al.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced plans to appeal King County Superior Judge Mary Roberts’ June 13 ruling that Initiative 747 is unconstitutional.
SEATTLE – Older adults who have spent a lifetime earning their savings are prime targets for abusers and crooks who deliberately prey on their generosity, friendliness or mental confusion, Attorney General Rob McKenna said.
Vancouver, WA – Vancouver senior Joe Macher’s Internet search started with a few simple words, “Free Kids Games.” Unfortunately, the files and programs his grandkids downloaded while they played online were anything but kids play.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with a former insurance agent accused of deceptively marketing in-home care services to senior citizens.
OLYMPIA - Senior U.S. District Judge Alan McDonald today ruled on summary judgment in United States. v. Manning that Initiative 297, the Cleanup Priority Act, is unconstitutional in its entirety.
OLYMPIA – Washington veterans and active-duty military whose personal information was potentially compromised in the recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data security breach have the ability to request a credit report security freeze to help protect themselves from identity theft.
OLYMPIA- Communities can feel a little safer today as key crime legislation requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna to protect communities against sex offenders and to combat meth crimes becomes law Wednesday.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with a New Hampshire man accused of using Microsoft’s name in advertisements to deceive consumers into purchasing a software program that falsely claimed computers were infected with spyware.
OLYMPIA— Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Olympic High School in Bremerton tomorrow as part of the on-going schedule of school visits in his “Operation: Allied Against Meth" campaign.
KENNEWICK – On May 25, a former mortgage loan officer was sentenced to nine months in jail and ordered to pay restitution of $13,500, plus costs for witness and attorney’s fees for stealing money and forging a promissory note.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assist Washington veterans whose information was stolen in agency’s recently reported data security breach.
Seattle - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced settlements with representatives of two California businesses accused of blanketing the Seattle School District and other organizations with junk e-mails.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned Washington residents about a scam in which a con claimed to work for the state Employment Security Department.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with a New York man who allegedly allowed his name to be used as an alias in business dealings by Secure Computer, a company accused of violating Washington’s computer spyware law.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Spokane and Pend Oreille counties to present his “Operation: Allied Against Meth” program to area high schools and to discuss the state’s new meth law, including funding for new multi-jurisdictional meth task forces in Northeast Washington.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna has named assistant attorney general Tony Rugel head of the new Eastern Washington division of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Spokane. The announcement is part of a larger effort to expand the unit’s presence in Eastern Washington.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers to watch out for callers who claim you have won a voucher for free gasoline then ask for a checking account number.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna said that his office is monitoring gas prices in Washington for any indication of anticompetitive conduct among petroleum retailers or suppliers.
SEATTLE - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a multi-state settlement with a California-based marketer of Internet directory listings. Yellow Pages, Inc., will pay $525,000 to resolve allegations of deceptive marketing practices brought by Washington and 26 other states.
SEATTLE – A Vashon-based company named PeoplePeople that sells cheese, candles and posters online is being sued by the state for failure to deliver.
SEATTLE – Yakima and Walla Walla residents will not feel the burden of a proposed rate hike by Pacific Power. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) this week denied the company’s request for a nearly 18 percent rate increase, agreeing with arguments made by the Washington State Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section and other opposing parties.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that an Oregon man is the first defendant penalized under Washington’s new computer spyware act.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna will join other community leaders and members of the Kent Police and Fire departments at the Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent for their “Babies on the Move” ceremony Saturday.
Kennewick, WA – A former Kennewick loan officer, charged with stealing $9,000 from his former customers through an investment scheme, entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment today in Benton County. He was released on his own recognizance until trial.
SEATTLE – The University of Washington was awarded nearly $400,000 to educate health care providers about the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on how drugs are prescribed, Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today.
SPOKANE – Attorney General Rob McKenna is proud to announce the Gonzaga University Law School Women's Law Caucus is presenting its 14th Annual Myra Bradwell Award to Gonzaga Law School alumna Cheryl Wolfe, an assistant attorney general and senior counsel for the Attorney General’s Office Spokane Division.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program, the University of Washington Medical Center and other public health providers will share part of a $3.5 million national settlement with the manufacturer of the drug Augmentin.
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement today with Sammamish-based SoftwareOnline.com, Inc. Under the settlement filed today in King County Superior Court, the company will refund affected consumers and pay $190,000 to resolve allegations that it misrepresented the extent to which its software is necessary for security, bombarded potential customers with pop-up ads and used deceptive billing practices.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna this week filed formal objections to the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed rules that would make it easier for businesses to sell and share personal information included on tax returns.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program, the University of Washington Medical Center and other public health providers will share part of $14 million national settlement with the manufacturer of the drug Paxil.
Tacoma – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) reached agreement with a pharmaceutical company that incorrectly reported prices to the government for several of its drugs and paid millions of dollars less in rebates to government entities, including state Medicaid programs.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna spoke in opposition today of the IRS’s proposed new rule that would allow tax-return preparers to sell information from individual returns to third parties.
OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced his office will ask the United State Supreme Court to review the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in State ex rel. Public Disclosure Commission v. Washington Education Ass'n, et al.
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission want a federal judge to order Debt Solutions, Inc., to stop charging consumers hundreds of dollars for a bogus “debt elimination program.”
SPOKANE – Attorney General Rob McKenna joined Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker in a community briefing on sex offender legislation McKenna requested in the 2006 legislative session.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement on the state Supreme Court’s decision in State ex rel. Public Disclosure Commission v. Washington Education Ass'n, et al.
OLYMPIA - Resource-starved rural counties are one step closer to receiving state reinforcement in their battle against methamphetamine.
SEATTLE - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a $5 million multi-state settlement with the manufacturer of a supposed “male enhancement” pill advertised in TV spots featuring a character named “Smiling Bob.”
PIERCE COUNTY – A Pierce County woman today pled guilty to two counts of identity theft in the first degree, one count of theft in the first degree and six counts of theft in the second degree. The case was filed in Pierce County Superior Court by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in August 2005.
Olympia - Attorney General Rob McKenna will testify on two of his top priority bills tomorrow in the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee.
OLYMPIA - As the Legislature passes the halfway point of the 2006 session, a series of bills requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna to protect children and communities, reduce crime and enhance open government continue to move toward becoming law.
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office filed a court petition to prevent a New Jersey-based traveling salesman from promoting products – including a machine he claims can make a car engine run on pickle juice or cola.
Olympia – News reporters would be legally protected from being compelled to disclose the identity of confidential sources under legislation approved today by the Washington State House of Representatives.
OLYMPIA– The Washington State Senate today approved a package of legislation developed by Attorney General Rob McKenna and his “Operation: Allied Against Meth” Task Force that would give local communities critical new tools to help address the meth crisis in Washington.
OLYMPIA– The Washington State Senate today approved a bipartisan package of sex offender bills developed by Attorney General Rob McKenna and his office’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit.
SEATTLE– The Attorney General’s Office Criminal Justice Division today filed charges of theft in the first degree (by deception) against a former state senator who purchased government rated airfares on Alaska Airlines while claiming he was still a state senator.
SEATTLE – The Attorney General’s Office recovered about $9 million for Washington consumers last year through its complaint mediation and Lemon Law programs, Attorney General Rob McKenna said today.
OLYMPIA…The Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit recently won two civil commitment cases preventing two of the state’s most sexually violent predators from returning to society.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced formal adoption of a model rule on public disclosure.
OLYMPIA - After rallying a group of city officials in Olympia for the Association of Washington Cities’ legislative days, Attorney General Rob McKenna and attorneys from the office’s liability division will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the need for new government liability standards to reduce taxpayer exposure to government liability.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced new recommendations for reducing identity theft in Washington during a press conference today at the State Capitol.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 25, 2006 — The owner of a business that once operated 10 "Seen On Screen" kiosks in malls across Washington has been charged with 48 felony counts of theft of sales tax and filing false state tax returns.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the filing of Washington’s first lawsuit under the state’s new computer spyware act.
OLYMPIA –The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington today granted summary judgment in the state’s favor on one claim in a lawsuit filed by the state in March 2003 to stop the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from shipping transuranic mixed waste to Hanford from other DOE sites around the country.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and the state Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) today announced a $325 million nationwide settlement with Ameriquest Mortgage Company. The agreement resolves allegations of widespread fraud by the company as part of a high-pressure scheme to sell mortgages that trapped consumers into debt and put them at risk of losing their homes.
Olympia, WA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Assistant Attorney General Dave Huey, and Chuck Cross, Director of Consumer Services for the Department of Financial Institutions, will be available by phone from Los Angeles on Monday to brief reporters on a multi-state settlement with Ameriquest. The briefing will provide background on the case, information about the terms of the settlement, and a description of how Washington consumers are affected.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned Washington residents about a phone scam in which the caller claims to work for the Department of Health.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today presented legislation recommended by his “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force to the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee in Olympia
OLYMPIA–Attorney General Rob McKenna will present the “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force legislation to the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee Monday. Members of the “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force and others law enforcement officials have been invited to join him both at the hearing and at a media availability shortly before the hearing begins.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Central Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for two “Operation: Allied Against Meth” presentations in Chelan and a tour of Wellness Place in Wenatchee.
OLYMPIA– As the state’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Rob McKenna is introducing a series of bills this session to fight meth and protect children and communities against sex offenders.
After soliciting recommendations from experts in Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit who work with prosecuting attorneys across the state, Attorney General Rob McKenna has asked a bipartisan group of legislators to sponsor seven bills that would improve the state’s ability to protect children and communities from sex offenders.
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