Mar 7 2014
Requires training for public officials to improve transparency and reduce lawsuits Bill now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s bill to strengthen Washington state’s open government laws by requiring training for most public officials has passed the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.
Jan 16 2014
In response to request from Liquor Control Board Chair, AG’s office releases formal opinion on marijuana businesses
In response to a request from Sharon Foster, chair of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the Attorney General’s Office today released a formal Attorney General’s Opinion regarding local ordinances affecting new marijuana businesses in Washington.
Dec 19 2013
Washington AG Ferguson holds Ocwen accountable for mortgage servicing wrongs through joint state-federal settlement
$49M in principal mortgage reductions for struggling homeowners and $1,000+ cash payments to eligible foreclosed borrowers in Washington state Tougher mortgage servicing standards hold Ocwen accountable for past practices, ensure fundamental servicing reforms SEATTLE — Ocwen Financial Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia, and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, have agreed to a joint state-federal settlement with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, 48 additional states and the District of Columbia, and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Dec 18 2013
Attorney General’s Office responds to request for opinion from interim county prosecutor on Grays Harbor Prosecutor appointment
The Attorney General’s Office today released an informal opinion that addresses the most time-sensitive part of a four-part request made by Interim Grays Harbor County Prosecutor Gerald Fuller. The opinion addresses the process for filling the vacancy in the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s office caused by the retirement of former prosecutor, Stew Menefee, in September.
Dec 12 2013
King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel today issued a ruling that the state’s 2012 charter schools initiative may continue to be implemented. The judge upheld the charter schools law, as written, against multiple constitutional arguments, finding that only one limited aspect of the law should be stricken.
Dec 10 2013
Ferguson spotlights veterans, consumers, open government and safe communities for 2014 legislative agenda
Flanked by a bipartisan group of legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson unveiled a 2014 legislative agenda focused on veterans, open government, safer communities and protections for consumers against businesses who do not play by the rules.
Nov 21 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has selected six assistant attorneys general to receive the 2013 William V. Tanner Award for outstanding achievements early in their careers. Ferguson established the new award this year in honor of the youngest Attorney General in state history.
Nov 21 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has honored Senior Counsel Andy Fitz with the Attorney General’s 2013 Steward of Justice Award. The award recognizes assistant attorneys general who further the cause of justice through exceptional legal work and extraordinary contributions to the people of Washington.
Nov 18 2013
Ferguson selects PDC lawyer with journalism background as new Open Government Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced he has selected Olympia attorney Nancy Krier to serve full time as the office’s Open Government Assistant Attorney General.
Oct 16 2013
AG alleges association skirted disclosure rules in $7.2 million contribution to No on Initiative 522 campaign Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed suit in Thurston County Superior Court alleging that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) violated the state’s campaign disclosure laws. Ferguson alleges the GMA illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors. The funds were spent to express opposition to Initiative 522, a measure requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods, seeds and seed products in Washington.