Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

NOTICE: Our office has received multiple inquiries about the proposed affiliation between Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan Health. While the two health systems have not announced a final deal, we are monitoring the situation. When a final agreement is reached, the parties are required by state law to notify the Attorney General’s Office. We will review the transaction to ensure it does not harm Washingtonians by reducing competition in violation of state and federal antitrust laws.

The Office of the Attorney General's Antitrust Division is responsible for enforcing Federal and Washington State Antitrust Laws. This includes antitrust provisions of Washington's Unfair Business Practices-Consumer Protection Act. The division also brings actions in federal court under Sections One and Two of the Sherman Act. The Antitrust Division investigates complaints about potential anti-competitive activity.

Our office looks for:

  • Price-fixing and other forms of collusion. Price-fixing includes an explicit agreement among competitors to raise, fix, or otherwise maintain the price at which their goods or services are sold to the detriment of either the competitive marketplace or consumers.
  • Business mergers and monopolistic practices that would result in reduced competition and harm to consumers.

For a more in-depth description of antitrust laws, read our guide.

In this page you will find resources for the general public, as well as Government Procurement Representatives. You can file an Antitrust complaint or a Healthcare Transaction Notice, and review our latest cases and important information regarding gasoline prices and the labor market in Washington.

If you have any information that you think we should know about and your browser supports forms, you can file a complaint online here. If your browser does not support forms, you may either email us or print out the form and mail it to us at:

Office of the Attorney General
Antitrust Division
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98104-3188
Telephone: 206-587-5510
Fax: 206-464-6338

Please include your address and telephone number so we may contact you for additional information. The Antitrust Division only processes complaints that involve either Washington state residents or businesses located in Washington state.

Additionally, please be aware that your complaint and any related documents that you submit will become "public records."  Under state law, public records are subject to public records disclosure requests and may therefore be seen by other people.  Please see the Open Government portion of the Attorney General website.