Apr 4 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that former Asotin County Superior Court judge Scott Gallina has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with sexual motivation — one count in the third-degree and one in the fourth-degree — in the wake of 2019 allegations that the former judge sexually assaulted two court employees. The plea deal, offered with the support of the victims, avoids a trial against the former judge.
Mar 29 2022
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today an initiative to combat robocalls in Washington state. The Attorney General’s Office created a new complaint form for Washingtonians tailored for reporting robocalls.
Mar 22 2022
CONSUMER ALERT: Washington state small business owners targeted by scams requesting payment for certificates, posters
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is alerting Washingtonians to scammers targeting new business owners, sending hundreds of thousands of deceptive letters into the state. The letters deceptively appear to originate from the government, and demand payment for documents that should be free, or are available for a much lower price from the legitimate agency. About 15,000 Washington businesses have already fallen victim, paying more than $1.2 million.
Mar 17 2022
AG Ferguson files lawsuits against two companies for sending more than 200,000 deceptive letters to Washington small business owners
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed consumer protection lawsuits against two companies and their owners for sending more than 210,000 deceptive letters to small business owners in Washington. The letters deceptively appear to originate from the government, and demand payment for a “Certificate of Status” or a workplace poster that are available from the government free of charge or for a fraction of the monetary demand. More than 15,000 Washington businesses paid these two defendants more than $1.2 million in response to their deceptive letters.
Mar 15 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against Seattle-based US Stemology and its owner, Dr. Tami Meraglia, for deceptively marketing stem cell treatments for COVID-19 and dozens of other serious medical conditions, including asthma, lupus, Parkinson’s, congestive heart failure and multiple sclerosis. There is no reliable clinical evidence stem cell therapy can effectively treat these conditions.
Mar 14 2022
AG Ferguson provides funding to 53 law enforcement agencies for expanded storage for sexual assault evidence
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that his office will provide 53 local law enforcement agencies across the state with funding for refrigeration units to store evidence from sexual assault investigations.
Mar 10 2022
Consumer Protection Week: Attorney General Ferguson announces that recoveries for Washingtonians surpass $1 billion
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that his office’s Consumer Protection Division, and other divisions that work directly on behalf of Washingtonians, have delivered more than $1.14 billion since January 2013, including the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy resolution that awaits court approval.
Mar 8 2022
Legislature passes AG Ferguson, Sen. Wilson bill that provides stipends to individuals with lived experience who participate on task forces
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Legislature passed Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s bill to reduce barriers for low-income individuals and community members with lived experience to participate in state task forces and workgroups. The bill passed with bipartisan support in Senate and House. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for signing.
Mar 8 2022
Legislature passes AG Ferguson, Rep. Simmons bill that significantly expands financial assistance for hospital bills
The Washington Legislature has passed Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s bill to increase access to affordable health care for millions of Washingtonians. The measure now heads to the governor for his signature.
Mar 7 2022
AG Ferguson, Rep. Lekanoff bill creating alert system for missing Indigenous women, people passes Legislature
OLYMPIA — Today the Legislature passed Attorney General requested legislation sponsored by Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Anacortes, creating an alert in Washington state to help identify and locate missing Indigenous women and people. The alert system will be the first of its kind in the nation.