Dec 6 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson released his seventh annual data breach report today. The report shows that data breaches remain at record-breaking severity. This year, 4.5 million data breach notices were sent to Washingtonians, second only to the 2021 record of 6.3 million since the Attorney General’s Office began tracking this number.
Dec 5 2022
Marysville cold case solved with assistance from Attorney General’s DNA forensic genetic genealogy program
SEATTLE – Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that his office’s DNA forensic genetic genealogy program has now helped solve a 24-year-old cold case from Marysville.
Nov 23 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is pursuing funding from the Legislature to establish an Organized Retail Crime Unit in his office.
Nov 21 2022
WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla County jury denied release to a sexually violent predator after prosecutors the Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit (SVP) proved that he remains mentally ill and sexually dangerous.
Nov 8 2022
Judge confirms Attorney General’s authority to investigate potential race discrimination by auto insurers PEMCO and Progressive
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that a Thurston County Superior Court judge rejected an attempt by PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company and subsidiaries of the Progressive Corporation to stop his office’s investigation of potential race discrimination against Washington drivers. The companies both use consumer credit histories — or “credit-based insurance scores” derived from a consumer’s credit history — to decide whether to sell, and at what price to sell, their auto insurance products, despite evidence that this practice disproportionately harms people of color.
Nov 3 2022
AG Ferguson statement on King County Superior Court order temporarily blocking Albertson’s $4 billion dividend payment
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today issued the following statement after a King County Superior Court judge granted Ferguson’s motion for a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking Albertsons’ $4 billion dividend payment.
Nov 1 2022
AG Ferguson files lawsuit to block Albertsons from paying $4 billion to shareholders before merger can be reviewed
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today to block Albertson Companies Inc. from enriching its shareholders with a $4 billion payout before a proposed merger with The Kroger Co. can be reviewed by state and federal antitrust enforcers. The “special dividend” payment, Ferguson argues, risks severely undercutting the grocery giant’s ability to compete during the lengthy time period government regulators — including Washington — will be scrutinizing the merger.
Nov 1 2022
AG Ferguson: Judge orders two companies to pay $24.8 million after sending more than 230,000 deceptive letters to Washington small business owners
SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge has ordered two companies and their owners to pay more than $24.8 million for their unlawful conduct targeting small business owners. The judge determined that both companies’ “entire business model was based upon deceiving small business owners.”
Oct 31 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that former Spokane County worker Rhonda Sue Ackerman has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft. Ackerman was employed as a liability claims technician and stole $1.38 million over the course of a decade from Spokane County by filing fake claims.
Oct 26 2022
AG Ferguson: Judge dismisses Seattle Pacific University’s lawsuit to stop Attorney General inquiry into discrimination complaints
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that a federal judge dismissed Seattle Pacific University’s attempt to stop his office’s investigation into potential illegal discrimination by the university’s administration.