Aug 17 2022
AG Ferguson files civil rights lawsuit against mushroom producer Ostrom for discriminating against domestic farmworkers and women
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ostrom Mushroom Farms in Sunnyside for discriminating against U.S. residents and women, and retaliating against workers who spoke out. Ostrom abused the H-2A system by systematically firing its majority-female, Washington mushroom pickers and replacing them with H-2A foreign agricultural workers who were mostly male. Foreign H-2A workers have fewer rights than U.S.-based workers.
Aug 17 2022
AG Ferguson presenta una demanda de derechos civiles contra el productor de hongos Ostrom por discriminar a los trabajadores agrícolas locales y mujeres
Hoy el procurador general Bob Ferguson presentó una demanda de derechos civiles contra Ostrom Mushroom Farms en Sunnyside por discriminar a los residentes de EE. UU. y a las mujeres y tomar represalias contra los trabajadores que presentaron quejas. Ostrom hizo uso indebido del sistema H-2A al despedir sistemáticamente a sus cosechadores de hongos de Washington, en su mayoría mujeres, y remplazarlos con trabajadores agrícolas extranjeros del programa H-2A, en su mayoría hombres. Los trabajadores extranjeros H-2A tienen menos derechos que los trabajadores que residen en EE. UU.
Aug 16 2022
Facebook parent Meta is attempting to eliminate a key provision of Washington’s campaign finance transparency law in a recent motion in the Attorney General’s case against the company. Instead of changing its practices to comply with Washington’s decades-old campaign finance law, Meta filed a summary judgment motion asking the court to strike down transparency requirements on commercial advertisers.
Aug 16 2022
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general to file a friend of the court brief supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit challenging Idaho’s restrictive new abortion law. The law is set to go into effect later this month.
Aug 9 2022
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he expanded his lawsuit against 14 Providence-affiliated hospitals, including five Swedish hospitals, by adding two collection agencies that worked for the hospitals. The Attorney General’s underlying consumer protection lawsuit stems from Providence’s charity care and collections practices impacting tens of thousands of patients and hundreds of millions of dollars in medical debt.
Aug 5 2022
OLYMPIA — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a resolution that requires Tim Eyman to give up his share of his house to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars toward what he owes on his campaign finance judgment and other creditors. Parties who agreed to the resolution include Tim Eyman, Karen Williams (formerly Karen Eyman), the trustee, Tim Eyman’s attorneys, and the State of Washington.
Aug 3 2022
A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Navy’s environmental review process for the Growler jet program expansion on Whidbey Island illegally failed to analyze the impacts of the noisy, often low-flying jets on classroom learning and local birds — a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act. This is the latest legal setback for the Navy in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit challenging the Whidbey Island Growler expansion.
Aug 3 2022
AG Ferguson announces latest action in statewide initiative to reform towing industry and protect active duty service members’ rights
VANCOUVER — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today a court order will require Chuck’s Towing, a Clark County towing company, to pay three service members for illegally selling their cars at auction. The order also requires it to implement specific policies so it will not harm service members in the future.
Aug 1 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Public Counsel Unit is challenging rate increases proposed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Avista Corporation in testimony filed with the Utilities & Transportation Commission (UTC).
Aug 1 2022
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP) Task Force issued its first report today, including 10 unanimously adopted recommendations to begin addressing gaps in services and response to violence against Indigenous people.