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Bob Ferguson

Sep 20 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, 10 additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The 10 chains have 80 locations in Washington and nearly 2,500 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to eliminate no-poach clauses from all their franchise agreements nationwide to 85, representing more than 140,000 locations.
Sep 9 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, eight additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The eight chains have 62 locations in Washington and more than 2,300 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to eliminate no-poach clauses from all their franchise agreements nationwide to 75, representing nearly 140,000 locations.
Aug 23 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that restaurant chain Jersey Mike’s will pay $150,000 to resolve a lawsuit over its use of no-poach provisions. The company will not add provisions to new contracts and will remove provisions from all of its franchise contracts nationwide, benefiting thousands of workers across the country.
Aug 8 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, four additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The four chains have 381 locations in Washington and more than 15,000 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to 66.
May 14 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, five additional corporate chains eliminated no-poach practices nationwide, entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The five chains have 73 locations in Washington and more than 2,500 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to 62.
Feb 15 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, seven additional corporate chains eliminated no-poach practices nationwide, entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The seven chains have 125 locations in Washington and more than 3,600 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to 57.
Jan 28 2019
SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge ruled that Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s case against restaurant chain Jersey Mike’s may proceed. Jersey Mike’s previously filed a motion to dismiss Ferguson’s case against the company asserting the company’s use of no-poach provisions violates antitrust provisions of the state Consumer Protection Act.
Jan 14 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, four additional corporate chains eliminated no-poach practices nationwide, entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The four chains have 24 locations in Washington and more than 1,600 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to 50.
Dec 20 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, seven additional chains committed to eliminate no-poach practices nationwide, removing them from franchise contracts. The seven chains have more than 500 locations in Washington and more than 15,000 locations nationwide.
Dec 5 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, five additional chains committed to eliminate no-poach practices nationwide, removing them from franchise contracts. The five chains have nearly 75 locations in Washington and more than 4,400 locations nationwide.

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