The Washington Legislature today passed the Consumer Protection Improvement Act, an attorney general-request bill that increases the maximum civil penalties for Consumer Protection Act violations from $2,000 to $7,500. This bill will update these penalties for the first time since they were adopted in 1970. Strong consumer protection penalties provide accountability, deter future violations and ensure a level playing field for business.
OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge today ordered Tim Eyman to pay nearly $2.9 million in costs and fees related to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit.
OLYMPIA — With an overwhelming bipartisan 46-2 vote, the state Legislature today took a final vote on a bill Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested to create a database of police use-of-force incidents so the public, policymakers, researchers and law enforcement can access the data. Currently in Washington state, there is no central repository for use-of-force data.
SEATTLE. El Procurador General Bob Ferguson ha presentado hoy una demanda de protección al consumidor contra la empresa de servicios de limpieza National Maintenance Contractors. National se aprovechó de los inmigrantes con un dominio limitado del inglés y les prometió la independencia de ser dueño de su propio negocio. Lamentablemente, en realidad, National sometía a sus franquiciados a contratos que, a menudo, los permitían ganar menos del salario mínimo, pagando tarifas exorbitantes y con poca capacidad para defenderse.
СИЭТЛ — Генеральный прокурор Боб Фергюсон (Bob Ferguson) сегодня подал иск о защите прав потребителей против клининговой компании Нэшнл Мэйтенанс Контракторз (National Maintenance Contractors). Компания Нэшнл пользовалась услугами иммигрантов с ограниченным знанием английского языка и обещала им собственный независимый бизнес. К сожалению, в действительности компания Нэшнл предлагала своим франчайзи контракты, по которым они часто получали меньше минимальной заработной платы, платили завышенные взносы и практически не имели возможности защитить свои права.
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a consumer protection lawsuit against janitorial services company National Maintenance Contractors. National took advantage of immigrants with limited English proficiency and promised them the independence of business ownership. Unfortunately, in reality, National locked its franchisees into contracts that often left them earning less than minimum wage, paying exorbitant fees, and with little ability to advocate for themselves.
The Attorney General’s Office is continuing its review of the Manuel Ellis case. Our review began in November. This review remains the top priority of our Criminal Justice Division.
Following trial in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit against CLA Estate Services, Inc. and CLA USA, Inc., a King County Superior Court judge ruled that the companies must pay a total of more than $6.1 million plus 12 percent annual interest to 1,100 Washington seniors for misleading them about estate planning and other deceptive conduct. The company must also pay $6.5 million in civil penalties, which by law will go to the state general fund. The court also ruled that CLA must pay the Attorney General’s Office more than $1.8 million in attorney’s costs and fees.
SEATTLE — As a result of a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a California-based air cargo handler must end its practice of discriminating against pregnant and disabled employees, in violation of the Washington Law Against Discrimination. The company, Matheson Flight Extenders, must also pay $168,500, which will compensate harmed employees.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Boston Scientific, a medical device manufacturer, will pay more than $8.8 million to Washington for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices.