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SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office has reached an agreement with Qwest, CenturyLink, and the staff of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) on a set of conditions to address concerns with the companies’ proposed merger.

WASHINGTON— Parties responsible for contamination at the Moses Lake Wellfield Superfund Site have reached a settlement that provides the funding necessary to  clean up the site.  Cleanup of TCE (trichloroethylene), an industrial solvent, and other contaminants was initiated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will be completed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Under the consent decree lodged on [date] in federal district court in Yakima, Washington, the federal government has pledged to provide an estimated $55 million in cleanup funds.  Other cleanup funding, in the amount of $3.25 million, will be provided by The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and the City of Moses Lake. 

Judge Roger Vinson of the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola today heard oral arguments in the multistate lawsuit challenging provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

SEATTLE – Dannon will pay $21 million to settle allegations of illegal advertising brought by 39 attorneys general who couldn’t digest the company’s claims about the degree to which its Activia yogurt can improve regularity. The case restricts how the company can market Activia and its  DanActive dairy drink and represents the largest settlement payment to date with a food manufacturer.

SEATTLE: DIRECTV – which generated more complaints to the Washington Attorney General’s Office in recent years than any other business – will pay more than $1 million to resolve a landmark lawsuit brought by the state on behalf of consumers.

OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement today regarding the decision of a federal judge in Virginia that a portion of the federal health care law is unconstitutional.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement responding to today’s federal court of appeals decision that the lawsuit concerning Yucca Mountain’s designation as a national nuclear waste disposal can move forward:

Washington state part of national settlement with Kos pharmaceuticals

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington has joined with other states in reaching an agreement with Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to settle allegations that the company engaged in kickback violations and off-label marketing of its cholesterol-treatment drugs, Advicor and Niaspan.

Attorney General’s Office to make the case for protections for vulnerable communities

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers are in town getting a jump on the 2011 legislative session, and the Attorney General’s Office has been granted an important opportunity to pitch a bill to reduce gang violence.

SEATTLE – The owners of an e-commerce company sued by the Washington Attorney General’s Office for repeatedly failing to deliver on their promises to help small and mid-size businesses nationwide sell their products online must pay for their actions, a judge decided.

OLYMPIA -- With Washingtonians still facing economic hardships, many Evergreen State residents are looking to give money to help their neighbors this holiday season. To assist their generosity, Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna unveiled the 2010 Commercial Fundraiser Activity Report Friday that helps people avoid greedy fundraising organizations when making donations.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna handed out an early holiday gift of nearly $570,000 in assistance for Washington food bank programs today.

SPOKANE –California-based K-Designers is the latest exterior home remodeler to be called out by the Washington Attorney General’s Office for allegedly misleading customers to make quick sales.

By Rob McKenna and Dan Dixon, Special to The Seattle Times

The Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement in its lawsuit against the Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) for violating thestate’s campaign finance disclosure law. 

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna congratulated the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today for acting on the request of attorneys general from around the country to restrict some of the most dangerous alcoholic products targeted toward young adults.

SEATTLE – Following a recent FBI report that Washington led the nation in the number of child prostitutes recovered as part of a nationwide crackdown on child traffickers and pimps, Seattle Against Slavery (SAS), Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, and other non-profit and governmental partners announced a unique new multi-language poster campaign empowering victims of human trafficking to self-identify and access help. 

YAKIMA Speaking in a neighborhood often touched by gang crimes, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a new proposal to combat gang violence.

OLYMPIA – On Monday, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna will announce legislation to reduce gang violence. Speaking at Yakima’s Miller Park, McKenna will detail legislation crafted over the last several years in consultation with prosecutors, police and community leaders from cities plagued by street gangs. McKenna will also be joined by Yakima legislators and a woman who lost her son in a gang killing.

Attorney General Rob McKenna today commended the Washington Liquor Control Board for its decision to join other states in issuing an emergency rule banning the sale of alcoholic energy drinks in Washington and announced that federal action, resulting from work by state attorneys general, is expected soon.

OYMPIA – The Washington Attorney General’s Office spearheaded a multistate settlement with the former owners of U.S. Fidelis that ensures the brothers will never again sell auto service contracts or telemarket in 11 states. The agreement also severely restricts how the duo advertises any other product or service and requires them to turn over nearly all their assets.

SEATTLE – A debt management business that allegedly misled consumers about its for-profit status will pay $4.5 million to settle claims brought by 20 attorneys general.
OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court issued a decision today in which justices unanimously agreed with the Washington Attorney General’s Office that the financial privacy provisions of the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) don’t preempt the state Public Records Act. The ruling also clarified that information about individual mortgage borrowers is still protected as intended under federal law due to exemptions set forth under state law.
SEATTLE – A disbarred attorney and his business partner were accused of violating the Consumer Protection Act and the Immigration Assistant Practices Act in a case brought by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

GlaxoSmithKline agrees to resolve case over Paxil and other drugs 

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the state will receive over $6 million from a settlement with international drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Gov. Chris Gregoire today appointed Lisa Sutton to the Thurston County Superior Court. Sutton replaces Judge Richard D. Hicks, whose retirement took effect Sept. 30th, 2010.

The Attorney General’s Office today settled a lawsuit against the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA-K&S) for violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure law.

EVERETT – An animal rescue organization in Snohomish County agreed to restructure its accounting practices as part of a settlement with the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

 OLYMPIA – The Attorney General’s Office today filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court against Moxie Media and other defendants for multiple alleged violations of the state’s campaign financial disclosure law.

Washington’s investment fund for several public pension systems will receive $11.7 million from State Street Bank in a settlement agreement announced today by Washington State Treasurer James L. McIntire, the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) and the Attorney General’s Office.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle in Spokane has approved and entered a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford’s underground tanks.

Investigators have linked alcoholic “energy” drinks to the alcohol poisoning that hospitalized nine college students after a party in Roslyn, Wash., on Oct. 9. The investigation also concluded that no students were given drugs or alcohol without their knowledge and that no sexual assault occurred.

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver-based exterior home remodeler that allegedly built up sales by misleading customers agrees to comply with state consumer protection laws. Northwest First Choice settled claims brought by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

The Attorney General’s Office and the Evergreen Freedom Foundation recently settled an eight-year old lawsuit against the National Education Association (NEA), which alleged the organization illegally used fees paid to it by non-members for political purposes. The suit, filed in Thurston County Superior Court in October 2002, alleged the NEA violated a state law barring unions from using non-member fees for political purposes without permission.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Gary Ikeda, former senior legal counsel for Seattle Public Schools and a former deputy attorney general, will lead the Attorney General’s University of Washington Division.

OLYMPIA – A former habitat biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has been fined for multiple violations of the Ethics in Public Service Act.

TACOMA – Consumers who purchased vehicles from Baydo Chevrolet in Pierce County may be eligible for refunds of documentary fees. The Washington Attorney General’s Office announced an agreement that resolves concerns the dealership engaged in unfair and deceptive marketing practices.

OLYMPIA — A multi-state lawsuit challenging portions of the federal health care reform legislation will move forward, a Florida Judge ruled today.

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and Scott Jarvis, director of the state Department of Financial Institutions, announced that they have joined attorneys general and banking regulators nationwide in forming a multistate group to investigate whether mortgage servicers have improperly submitted affidavits or other documents related to foreclosure in their states.

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that his office has uncovered evidence that suggests foreclosure trustees are ignoring consumer protection laws in Washington, adding a new layer to a stack of problems reported in the mortgage-servicing industry. He sent letters today to 52 trustees outlining his concerns and calling on them to suspend any questionable foreclosures in the state.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will serve as Master of Ceremonies and welcoming speaker at the Opening Celebration of the Washington Prevention Summit from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

“Safe Call Now” addresses domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health 

BELLEVUE – Police officers, firefighters and other public safety officers often suffer personal problems caused by the tragedy they see on the job, leading to increased substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide rates. Employee assistance programs are under-utilized, as many officers believe that admitting to a problem will cost them their jobs.

 Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna hosts anti-crime forum

SEATTLE –
With crime overwhelming Mexican police and prosecutors, attorneys general in the United States are stepping forward to help their colleagues from south of the border.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna won his first case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous ruling upholding the state’s felon voting laws and rejecting an earlier ruling that applied the federal Voting Rights Act to Washington’s felon disenfranchisement law.

OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today a settlement with Wells Fargo Bank that provides loan modifications for residents in Washington and seven other states who obtained problematic mortgages from Wachovia Bank and Golden West Corp., which did business as World Savings Bank.

 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) jointly filed a motion today in U.S. District Court asking the court to approve and enter a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable, and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford’s underground tanks. 

Late yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of the recent U. S. District Court decision in Family PAC v. McKenna, et al. that found the $5,000 timing restriction on contributions during the 21 days before a general election unconstitutional for ballot measures.   

OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, a longtime supporter of efforts to end domestic violence, will shine a purple light on this preventable crime during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the month of October, the Attorney General’s Office will join others statewide in displaying purple lights to remember victims who lost their lives, support survivors and symbolize hope for those still living with abuse.

 Washington State Attorney General announces three drug company settlements 

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced $3.9 million worth of new settlements with drug companies today. The settlements involve the marketing of drugs in a way that runs afoul of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Those marketing practices, government attorneys say, illegally extract money from Medicaid.

 Attorney General McKenna announces latest drug company settlement

OLYMPIA – Washington will receive more than $3.2 million in its newest settlement with a drug manufacturer. Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced an agreement with Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc., resolving claims by the federal government and several states regarding the illegal marketing of three drugs.

SEATTLE – Penny auction sites lure consumers with cheap prices on brand-name electronics, designer handbags and discounted store gift cards. But an investigation by the Washington Attorney General’s Office shows how some of these sites can fool consumers into paying big bucks on an auction with no winner. These sites use shill bids to drive up prices by one unlucky penny at a time.

Workers face Ethics Act fines for on-the-job shenanigans 

OLYMPIA — A state worker surfing for pornography while on the job, another using state computers exclusively for personal business and a yet another who made off with thousands of dollars in taxpayer-owned equipment are among those facing penalties from the Washington State Executive Ethics Board. Today, the board announced its most recent actions under state ethics laws.

OLYMPIA – The Attorney General’s Office today settled a lawsuit against the Building Industry Association of Washington’s Member Services Corporation (BIAW-MSC) for violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure law.

Nearly 100 sites in Washington sites join DEA’S nationwide effort 

OLYMPIA — The abuse of prescription drugs inflicts a deadly toll in Washington state. Painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin soothe chronic pain and improve lives.  But such painkillers are increasingly abused by those who mix them with other drugs and alcohol or even crush and smoke them for a quick — and sometimes deadly — high.  Unused or expired painkillers left in medicine cabinets are contributing to the problem.

SEATTLE—In January, a split panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling in Farrakhan v. Gregoire, overturning Washington’s felon disenfranchisement law, holding that it violates the federal Voting Rights Act and granting convicted felons in Washington the right to vote from prison and while on community supervision.

SEATTLE – A Vancouver man who sells business cards and graphic design services over the Internet will refund customers who never received their orders under an agreement reached this month with the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

 DIY legal forms aren’t a substitute for an attorney

SEATTLE – If you’ve watched cable TV, you’ve likely seen celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro tout his company, LegalZoom, as a way to start businesses, patent inventions and create wills. “We put the law on your side,” he says.

State Attorney General’s Office partners with Drug Enforcement Administration to promote prescription drug safety

OLYMPIA — Prescription painkillers — often stolen and abused — are helping fuel an overdose epidemic in Washington state. Drug overdoses now kill more Washington residents than car accidents. Because of this epidemic, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners are working together to help the public safely dispose of expired or unused medications on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DOJ today argued its motion to dismiss a multi-state lawsuit, brought by 20 states including Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Attorney General Rob McKenna, two individuals and the National Federation of Independent Business. The argument centered on whether the states and other plaintiffs even had a right to bring the case.

 McKenna will hold short telephonic media availability

OLYMPIA — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make its second argument before a US District Court judge this week as it continues to fend off constitutional challenges to the nation’s new health care law.

Confessed murderer and rapist Cal Coburn Brown was put to death by lethal injection at 12:56 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 10, 2010, at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

SEATTLE – If dreams of instant riches have you buying stacks of magazines in the hope that Prize Patrol will soon knock on your door, you may be disheartened to know that the only thing you’ve gained over other prize contestants is some reading material. Joining with his colleagues across the country, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a new agreement with a company famous for its sweepstakes promotions, Publishers Clearinghouse.

 SEATTLE – An Ohio-based window manufacturer has settled allegations over erroneous energy-savings claims. In a settlement with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Great Lakes Window, Inc. agrees not to make false or unsubstantiated representations about the energy efficiency of their window products.

Washington state receives nearly $1.2 million from makers of Topamax

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington state has joined with other states in reaching an agreement with the manufacturer of a drug to treat epilepsy and migraines.

By Rob McKenna, Special to The Seattle Times 

OLYMPIA – Following concerted efforts to prevent unnecessary foreclosures, the Washington Attorney General’s Office and a group of other state attorneys general and banking regulators say they’ve seen improvements in programs designed to help homeowners. But they’re concerned that foreclosures continue to outpace loan modifications, and note that most modifications increase the loan balance.

SEATTLE – Washington’s Lemon Law requires that dealers inform buyers if a car has ever been returned to a manufacturer. The Attorney General’s Office, which enforces the law, says a Bothell Chevrolet dealer neglected more than once to provide the required disclosures.

Samsung, Toshiba, Sharp and others accused of price-fixing

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a lawsuit accusing the makers of Samsung, Toshiba, Sharp and five other brands of liquid crystal display (LCD) screens of fixing prices.

SEATTLE – Hundreds of thousands of consumers may have unknowingly enrolled in membership programs while using Web sites owned by Bellevue, Wash.-based Intelius. A two-year investigation by the Washington Attorney General’s Office alleges that Intelius received thousands of consumer complaints regarding unauthorized enrollment in the programs and that  company management including CEO Naveen Jain knew about the complaints but chose to continue the deceptive and tremendously profitable marketing tactics.

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and 33 other attorneys general reached an agreement with Internet message board host Topix.com to improve consumer protections and eliminate the $19.99 fee to expedite review of abusive or inappropriate posts.

OLYMPIA – Elected officials from 20 states challenging portions of the federal health care bill today filed a response to the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit, on the heels of a decision earlier this week by a Virginia judge to reject the federal government’s motion to dismiss that state’s health care lawsuit.

VANCOUVER – The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) announced today that Michelle Zabroski, 46, of Ridgefield was charged in Clark County Superior Court with one count of First Degree Theft and 32 counts of Medicaid False Statement.

Olympia — The Washington State Supreme Court today issued an important opinion dismissing various  challenges to Washington's method of carrying out lethal injection and lifting the stay of execution for convicted killer and rapist Cal Coburn Brown.

SPOKANE – The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) announced today that Dea Ann Wagner, 55, of Spokane, has pled guilty to First Degree Theft, Second Degree Theft and five counts of Medicaid False Statement in Spokane County for billing for care not provided to multiple recipients.

SEATTLE – Latinos across Washington state lose thousands of dollars, their jobs and the chance to live legally in the U.S. because of erroneous legal advice and a frequently exploited translation hitch. That’s why the Washington Attorney General’s Office today announced three new settlements with individuals accused of illegally providing immigration advice.

SEATTLE – Latinos en todo el estado de Washington pierden miles de dólares, sus trabajos y la oportunidad de vivir legalmente en los EE.UU. debido a la asesoría legal errónea y una complicación de traducción frecuentemente explotada. La Oficina del Procurador General hoy anunció tres nuevos acuerdos extrajudiciales con personas acusadas de ilegalmente proveer asesoramiento de inmigración.

SEATTLE – The Attorney General’s Office has accused an Arizona company of violating a 3-year-old state law intended to crack down on “trust mill” schemes. The Preservation Group and its founders will offer refunds to more than 60 Washington seniors who purchased living trusts, under a settlement announced today by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

 Seattle man with prior convictions could be kept behind bars for years

OLYMPIA — A new law requested by the state attorney general is already being used by at least one prosecutor to go after some of the most dangerous sexual predators.

SPOKANE – Assistant Attorney General Jack Zurlini does windows. Zurlini, who is spearheading a government push to clear up alleged deceptive sales practices among some window sellers, has negotiated six settlements with Washington businesses in recent months. The latest is Seattle’s Best Home Improvements, actually based in Tacoma.

Ecology Division Chief Mary Sue Wilson today represented Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna before the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash., asking the Commission to follow federal law and keep the Yucca Mountain facility under consideration as a potential repository for Washington's treated high-level nuclear waste.

SEATTLE – A Redmond-based seller of e-commerce services agreed to change course after customers complained the company promised Web hits but struck out, the Washington Attorney General’s Office announced today.

SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office continued its efforts to clear up alleged deceptive marketing practices among window sellers by reaching a settlement this week with Energy Exteriors, of Tacoma.

Health care is an intensely personal issue, whether you have excellent health insurance coverage or whether you risk surviving without it. Predictably, the complex new federal health care reform stirs strong passions from both those who support the measure and those who oppose it — regardless of whether they've read the 2,400 page measure.

 SPOKANE – The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) announced today that Paige Clark of Spokane pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid False Statement.

 OLYMPIA — The state of Washington today won an important victory in its fight to prevent the federal government from permanently removing the nation’s only Congressionally approved, high-level nuclear waste repository from future consideration.

SEATTLE – Scammers posing as health inspectors are calling restaurant operators.

SEATTLE – The Y2K bug was the big concern in the computer world when makers of DRAM computer memory conspired to raise prices. More than a decade later, the companies and a group of state attorneys general have negotiated a $173 million antitrust settlement in principle with six of the world’s top manufacturers.

In an 8-1 decision today, the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Washington’s voter-approved public records law, retaining the public’s ability to obtain copies of petitions signed in favor of placing initiatives and referenda on the ballot. Attorney General Rob McKenna personally argued the case on behalf of the state.

Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Gov. Gregoire and three other governors have requested to file a “friend of the court” brief in support of newly adopted federal health care mandates.

 Doe v. Reed briefs celebrated; McKenna’s chief deputy receives Marvin Award

SEATTLE – Four members of Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office have received prestigious national awards for their public service. The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) held its summer meeting in Seattle this week. On Wednesday, officials presented awards to members of McKenna’s Solicitor General’s Office and to his chief deputy.

 OLYMPIA – The U.S. Department of Justice today filed its motion to dismiss the constitutional challenge to the federal health care act brought by Washington and 19 states, the National Federation of Independent Business, and persons affected by the individual mandate.

The Yakama Nation issued a warning today after individuals visited the tribe’s headquarters on Tuesday to recruit tribal offers for supposedly lucrative jobs cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. The recruiters promised bus transportation to Louisiana and Florida, lodging and wages of $40 per hour. Many tribal members eagerly offered up their personal information and some even quit their jobs.

SEATTLE – Matchmakers bank on the notion that money can buy love. But some customers willing to pay thousands of dollars to a business that advertises as “the premier, personal dating service for Seattle singles” say they were sold false promises.

 Penalties for repeat domestic abusers, restriction on child pornography among bills proposed by McKenna

OLYMPIA – Five laws proposed by Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna during the 2010 Legislative Session become effective today.

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement today regarding his determination not to appeal a decision of the Okanogan County Superior Court. After considering all of the arguments presented, the superior court ruled that the Okanogan Public Utility District has authority to acquire through condemnation an easement over school trust lands for a transmission line.

 OLYMPIA – A new law aimed at saving lives by encouraging people who witness drug overdoses to call 911 goes into effect Thursday. The “911 Good Samaritan” law provides immunity from drug possession charges to people who seek medical assistance in drug overdose situations.

Attorney General Rob McKenna and expert assistant attorneys general in his office this week will continue to fight the federal government’s attempt to permanently remove the nation’s only Congressionally-approved high-level nuclear waste repository from future consideration. 

SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office continued its efforts to clear up alleged deceptive marketing practices among window selling businesses by reaching a settlement this week with West Coast Vinyl, of Tacoma.

 Stadium High School group wins competition to present peer-based prevention programs

GRAND MOUND – Teens from all over the state gathered at Great Wolf Lodge last week to share ideas about reducing drug and alcohol abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors. Among the PowerPoint slides, costumes, singing and role-playing, one theme came up again and again: Prescription drug abuse is a growing, yet hidden, threat to young people.

 Videos, music deployed to fight drug and alcohol abuse

GRAND MOUND – Teens from all over the state will compete to present the best peer-based programs to combat drug and alcohol abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors.

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is again reaching out to Chinese-American community leaders to help protect residents from fraud and unfair business practices.

SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office continued its efforts to clear up alleged deceptive marketing practices among window selling businesses by reaching a settlement this week with Harley Exteriors, of Bothell.

 Producer of cystic fibrosis drug settles lawsuit over “off label marketing”

OLYMPIA – The state’s recession-battered general fund will receive a $261,844 deposit thanks to the latest settlement with a drug manufacturer.

 Seven states, National Federation of Independent Businesses added as plaintiffs

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today joined Florida and 18 other states in filing an amended complaint in the lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform act.   The amended complaint now features a total of 20 state plaintiffs and two individual plaintiffs. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has also joined the lawsuit on behalf of its members nationwide.

 McKenna joins suit seeking millions owed to state’s Medicaid program

OLYMPIA — Washington and 16 other states say the manufacturer of two drugs to fight acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach-related illnesses owes hundreds of millions of dollars to their Medicaid programs.

 AstraZeneca accused of funding junkets for doctors, illegally marketing manic depression drug

OLYMPIA – A drug manufacturer will pay Washington state nearly $10 million for improperly marketing Seroquel, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and manic depression.

OLYMPIA – The Washington state Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/Peace Officers’ Memorial ceremony will be held in Olympia on Friday. 

 ELLENSBURG – The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Friday charged Shellene D. Smith with Medicaid fraud. Two counts of First Degree Theft and seven counts of Medicaid False Statement were filed in Kittitas County Court.

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 State government’s chief lawyer says court loss would invite ballot fraud

WASHINGTON, DC – Laws granting access to government records are constitutional, and the public’s right to double-check election officials and signature gatherers should be upheld.

EVERETT – The Attorney General’s Office is suing the owner of two Everett dealerships for misleading sales and advertising practices that resulted in consumers paying higher prices for vehicles.

SEATTLE – A for-profit fundraiser that solicited donations for Jaycees chapters and other charities throughout Western Washington, as well as fake charities, will no longer solicit donations under a settlement with the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

Secretary of State Sam Reed will join Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna in Washington, DC, at the end of the month as McKenna argues his third US Supreme Court case, defending the constitutionality of Washington’s voter-approved public records law.

Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced Washington has filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to prevent the federal Department of Energy (DOE) from irrevocably terminating the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository by withdrawing “with prejudice” its license application for the repository. DOE’s action would unilaterally and forever preclude any further consideration of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository

Washington Health Foundation, PhRMA and AG McKenna Announce New Anti-Abuse Effort

Seattle — College students in Washington State identified misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medicines as one of the fastest growing problems on their campuses. A powerful new coalition of local, state and national organizations announced on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 12:30 p.m., an effort to address this challenge.alth Foundation, PhRMA and AG McKenna Announce New Anti-Abuse Effort

 

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday that Valero, one of the nation’s largest gas station chains, has agreed to implement new procedures to reduce tobacco sales to kids.

I was sworn in for the second time last year as state attorney general. The oath of office requires that I "swear to support the Constitution of the United States and the constitution and laws of the state of Washington." It's an oath that I'm honored to take — and one that I take very seriously.

SEATTLE – A Covington contractor agreed to resolve concerns of consumers who complained that work they were promised and paid for was never performed.

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna applauded today President Obama’s signing of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, saying the new law will help keep tobacco out of kids’ hands and restrain tax evasion.

OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire today signed into law Attorney General Rob McKenna’s legislation to protect children from sexual exploitation.

CHEHALIS — Like millions of latch-key kids, 10-year-old Marlin Fryberg had too much time on his hands.  The child of a single, working mom was left to fend for himself after school and during breaks. Many of the kids living in his Everett public housing complex were getting into trouble, skipping school and using drugs and alcohol.

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement about joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently-approved federal health care measure, once it is signed into law.

OLYMPIA –Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington will receive nearly $100,000, to be split between the state’s general fund and Medicaid program, from a national settlement with drug maker Alpharma.

The Washington State Supreme Court this morning heard the consolidated cases of three death row inmates—Cal Coburn Brown, Darold Stenson and Jonathan Lee Gentry.

 OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna congratulated Congress on Wednesday for approving the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act. The new law combats the multi-billion dollar Internet cigarette trade by restricting the mailing of tobacco products.

 OLYMPIA — Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 159,000 kids every year in Washington state. However, there is only one club in Washington for Native American kids.

OLYMPIA – While the foreclosure crisis continues to swell, the Washington Attorney General’s Office is commemorating National Consumer Protection Week with the passage of a new law that shields families who have lost homes from further harm.

BELLEVUE – Seattle native Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history, joined Attorney General Rob McKenna today at Chinook Middle School in Bellevue, Wash., to spread the message about the dangers of underage drinking. The event concluded Ohno’s five-city tour to schools throughout the country, a campaign established by the Apolo Anton Ohno Foundation in partnership with the The Century Council and its Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program.

SEATTLE – LifeLock – the identity theft prevention provider whose CEO published his Social Security number in advertisements – can no longer claim its services protect consumers from all forms of identity theft.

OLYMPIA – Un consecionario de autos en Mid-Columbia concordo ir por el buen camino tras las acusaciones de dirigir a clientes por el sendero equivocada con prácticas de ventas y publicidades engañosas.

OLYMPIA – A Mid-Columbia auto dealer agreed to take the high road following allegations of steering customers in the wrong direction with misleading sales and advertising practices.

SEATTLE – It’s a g’day at the Washington Attorney General’s Office, where attorneys reached a settlement with a pair of Aussies who used sexy stories to sell bogus health cures over the Internet.

Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced Washington has filed its petition to intervene in the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

SEATTLE – As part of its ongoing efforts to encourage window sellers to be transparent in their marketing, the Attorney General’s Office reached a settlement this week with Mukilteo-based Penguin Windows.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna's Office today took the first steps toward formally intervening to oppose the federal Department of Energy’s (DOE) pending motion to withdraw “with prejudice” its license application for the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository.  As required by law, the state today alerted other parties to the license proceeding of its intent to seek intervention.

Meets with fellow AGs about prescription drug threat

Washington, D.C. – He knew something wasn’t right when he heard that actress Brittany Murphy died from “natural causes.”

SEATTLE – Seven months after the Washington Attorney General’s Office sued Rent-a-Center and accused the national lease-to-own chain of crossing the line with its collection tactics – including cussing at customers, pounding on doors, peering in windows and threatening arrest – the company agreed to settle.

SEATTLE – Arranging recall repairs is easier for Toyota owners. The company has agreed to provide free pickup and return of recalled cars, as well as free rental cars or taxi fare, for car owners across the nation.

 Attorney General-sponsored bills survive the committee process with overwhelming support

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna expressed his gratitude to state legislators today for allowing several AG-requested bills to be approved by key committees, setting the stage for final legislative approval.

By Rob McKenna, State Attorney General, Tri-City Herald

OLYMPIA -- Four of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s public safety and consumer protection bills will receive hearings this week.

 OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna will speak to legislators on Wednesday about the urgency of passing a bill that attacks the child pornography industry. For the first time this session, he’ll personally appear at a public hearing for legislation that upgrades state law to better prosecute those who intentionally access images and videos of child molestations.

SEATTLE – A Sammamish-based nonprofit organization recently entered into an agreement with the Washington Attorney General’s Office concerning its charitable solicitations.

SEATTLE – There’s no place like home. For families struggling to make their mortgage payments, as well hundreds who already lost their homes, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna offered hope today: more than $1.8 million for local foreclosure prevention programs and cash for directly impacted consumers.

SEATTLE – One is seven U.S. homeowners is behind on his or her mortgage. Attorney General Rob McKenna will announce additional efforts to help prevent foreclosures in Washington during a press conference Thursday in Seattle. Joining him will be representatives from local nonprofit and legal programs working to assist homeowners.

Consumer protection bills alive, too; property rights bills die without a hearing

OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s law enforcement bills have survived the first major hurdle of the 2010 legislative process.

OLYMPIA — A King County Superior Court judge today ruled the state does not provide ample funding for basic education then directed the Legislature to establish the cost of providing all Washington children with a basic education and establish how it will fully fund such education with stable and dependable state sources...“Judge Erlick rightly recognizes in his ruling the Legislature’s authority to set education funding policy,” said Attorney General Rob McKenna.

SEATTLE – Washington consumers filed more complaints about collection agencies with the Attorney General’s Office in 2009 than any other industry. Gripes about collection agencies have been rising in recent years but it took a single complaint to ultimately move the industry into pole position and bump telecommunications, which previously held the top spot for at least a decade.

SEATTLE – A New York-based organization that offers face-to-face charitable solicitors for hire entered into an agreement last week with the Washington Attorney General’s Office concerning its business practices.
OLYMPIA — Families who have lost their homes due to an inability to pay their property taxes are being targeted by individuals who want to take the little money they have left after the foreclosure sale. Legislation proposed by the Attorney General’s Office aims to protect these families from scammers and help them keep as much of their money as possible.

General Tobacco products can no longer be sold in Washington or 15 other states. The Washington Attorney General’s Office said the company has not made the required payments under the Master Settlement Agreement. Retailers must remove products from their shelves after Feb. 19.

OLYMPIA – A group of state attorneys general and banking regulators predict a devastating acceleration of foreclosures unless policy makers step up efforts to assist homeowners. The State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group issued a report Wednesday that cited disturbing trends including a rising tide of delinquent mortgages outpacing servicer outreach and loss-mitigation efforts. The report also offered recommendations for action.

OLYMPIA — Every year in the United States, millions of vulnerable adults—seniors and those with disabilities—are physically and sexually assaulted, neglected, and financially exploited. In Washington state, government agencies receive tens of thousands of reports of abuse and exploitation every year.

OLYMPIA–Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement on the US Supreme Court’s decision to hear Doe v. Reed, a case involving the release of Referendum 71 petitions containing the names and addresses of those who signed the measure.

“This case involves a direct attack on public disclosure and transparency in elections. It affects not only all Washington state initiatives and referenda but also has major ramifications for every state with an initiative and referenda process and similar laws regarding public disclosure.

 Attorney General Rob McKenna announces bills to reign in the government’s eminent domain powers

OLYMPIA — Like so many immigrants to the United States, Henry Kubota sought the American dream: a piece of property; a business; a livelihood. He thought he found it in Seattle, purchasing the Seattle Hotel in 1941.

OLYMPIA – Puget Sound Energy customers can comment on the company’s proposed electric and gas rate increases during a public hearing next week in Olympia. This is PSE’s first rate case following the sale of the utility to the Macquarie investor consortium which was approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) in December 2008.

 OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Rob McKenna wants state lawmakers to make it harder for government to seize private property under the guise of economic development or reducing blight, only to sell the confiscated real estate to private developers.

SEATTLE – An Everett-based collection agency agreed not to harass, threaten or cuss at consumers as part of a settlement with the Attorney General’s Office.

OLYMPIA – Two of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s public safety bills will receive public hearings Tuesday.

SEATTLE – While marketing a drug to lower cholesterol, attorneys general say pharmaceutical giants Abbott and Fournier fattened their wallets by clogging the pathway for cheaper generics to be sold.
OLYMPIA…Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed announced today they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision granting felons the right to vote in Washington.

 Bipartisan group of legislators join McKenna’s call to get tough on domestic abusers, criminals who exploit children or seniors 

OLYMPIA — When shocking crimes are committed by repeat offenders, members of the public often ask elected officials why they didn’t do more to keep those criminals off the streets.

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