TACOMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Tradesmen International LLC will end its existing non-compete agreements that restrict the job mobility of thousands of workers in Washington. Today’s announcement is the result of Ferguson’s investigation into Tradesmen’s unfair and deceptive use of non-compete agreements that it never disclosed to its affected workers, and that violate Washington law.
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that his office’s DNA forensic genetic genealogy program has now helped solve three cold cases, including one with multiple victims:
- A 2003 violent rape of a 17 year-old in McCleary, WA;
- 2003 and 2004 violent home invasion sexual assaults in Pullman, WA; and
- A 1995 murder in Kitsap County.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Alpha Omicron Pi, a national sorority, must refund or waive the housing fees it unlawfully charged dozens of University of Washington students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sorority charged thousands of dollars in housing fees in 2020 and 2021, even though COVID-19 prevented the students from accessing sorority housing — a violation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency eviction moratorium.
OLYMPIA — Today the Washington Attorney General’s Office issued a model use-of-force policy as a resource for Washington law enforcement agencies.
YAKIMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today a Yakima County Superior Court judge sentenced an Idaho man to nearly five years in prison following his guilty plea for charges related to felony attempted child rape. A different Yakima judge earlier this month sentenced an Ellensburg man to nearly six years in prison for his role in a 2019 law enforcement operation in Yakima targeting individuals who sought to rape children.
OLYMPIA — Starting tomorrow, 4 million Washingtonians will qualify for free or discounted care at hospitals across Washington as a result of legislation requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade:
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today the creation of a statewide Organized Retail Crime Theft Task Force. The Task Force will improve coordination and collaboration among law enforcement agencies to address these multi-jurisdictional crimes that endanger employees and cause significant economic harm to our state.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against a 2018 Washington law protecting Hanford workers. An updated law, which was passed in 2022, remains in place, ensuring that workers at radioactive waste sites like Hanford still receive compensation benefits for health issues they have faced because of their work.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that his lawfully owed DNA project identified 387 sex, kidnapping and homicide offenders still living in Washington who illegally failed to provide DNA samples after their criminal conviction. Of these 387 individuals, the Attorney General’s Office already collected 102 new DNA profiles, including: