Nov 16 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that a federal judge struck down the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to gut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The judge, in granting Ferguson’s motion for summary judgment, ruled that this latest DACA rollback violated federal law.
Aug 20 2020
AG Ferguson sues Idaho property management company for threatening low-income residents with eviction during governor’s moratorium
SPOKANE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today against an Idaho property management company, Whitewater Creek, for violating Gov. Jay Inslee’s Emergency Evictions Proclamation. Inslee’s proclamation establishes a temporary moratorium on evictions for the inability to pay rent as Washingtonians deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamation specifically prohibits landlords from threatening to evict tenants for unpaid rents during the proclamation’s effective period and specifies they have to enter into repayment plans with tenants.
Jul 16 2020
AG Ferguson files lawsuit challenging Trump Administration move to limit anti-discrimination protections under the ACA
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s new rule vastly limiting anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act. Among many other changes, the rule removes explicit protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex stereotyping. This allows for discrimination against LGBTQ patients — particularly transgender patients.
Jul 1 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Multidisciplinary Hate Crime Advisory Working Group released its report to the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee today, outlining a comprehensive approach to better address hate crimes in Washington. The group calls on the state to improve training for law enforcement, create new avenues for prosecutors to charge crimes and for schools and employers to better educate people about hate and bias.
Jun 5 2020
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement:
May 27 2020
First lawsuit enforcing governor’s emergency proclamation results in property management company paying nearly $300,000 to tenants
TACOMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Nevada-based JRK Residential Group Inc. will pay nearly $350,000 — including almost $300,000 directly to tenants in the form of refunds, payments and rent forgiveness — to resolve a lawsuit Ferguson filed in April over the company’s violations of the state’s emergency eviction moratorium. Ferguson’s lawsuit was the first filed to enforce one of Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamations.
Apr 20 2020
AG Ferguson enforces emergency eviction proclamation, sues Nevada-based property management corporation for issuing notices to ‘pay or vacate’
TACOMA — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against JRK Residential Group, Inc. for violating Governor Inslee’s Emergency “Evictions” Proclamation. Inslee’s “Evictions” Proclamation establishes a temporary moratorium on evictions for the inability to pay rent. The Proclamation specifically prohibits landlords from issuing Notices to Pay or Vacate during the proclamation’s effective period.
Apr 14 2020
AG Ferguson files lawsuit against Greyhound for failure to protect customers from CBP’s warrantless and suspicionless immigration sweeps on buses
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court against Greyhound Lines Inc. The lawsuit seeks to hold Greyhound accountable for the bus line’s practice of allowing U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agents to board its buses and conduct warrantless and suspicionless immigration sweeps of Greyhound passengers at the Spokane Intermodal Center, and repeatedly refusing to implement reforms to protect passengers.
Apr 14 2020
Procurador General (AG) Ferguson presenta una demanda contra Greyhound por no proteger a sus clientes de las redadas de inmigración sin orden judicial ni sospecha razonable llevadas a cabo por CBP en los autobuses.
El Procurador General Bob Ferguson ha iniciado una demanda en la corte superior del condado de Spokane contra Greyhound Lines, Inc. La demanda busca hacer responsable a la compañía de autobuses Greyhound por su práctica de permitir que los agentes de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los EE.UU. (U.S. Customs & Border Protection) (CBP) aborden los autobuses para llevar a cabo redadas de los pasajeros de Greyhound sin contar con órdenes judiciales ni sospecha razonable en el Spokane Intermodal Center, y por negarse repetidamente a implementar reformas para proteger a los pasajeros.
Feb 4 2020
Federal government opposes retired Washington judges weighing in on impact of courthouse arrests to support AG Ferguson’s lawsuit
Attorneys for the federal government are attempting to block a federal judge from considering a friend of the court brief written by more than a dozen retired Washington state judges and two former state Supreme Court justices. The judges’ brief supports Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful practice of seizing immigrants in and near Washington courthouses, even when those individuals are at the courthouse to serve as witnesses or to conduct ordinary business like renewing their car tabs.