Oct 1 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a proposal that calls on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to, among other protections, ban utility late fees and utility service disconnections until at least April 30, 2021. These protections ensure vulnerable Washingtonians don’t lose the services they need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis.
Sep 30 2020
AG Ferguson sues Seattle ticket company Brown Paper Tickets for not paying event organizers, refunding ticket buyers
SEATTLE — After receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers and event organizers across the country, Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against Brown Paper Tickets. Ferguson asserts the Seattle-based company, which provides ticket management and support for event organizers, failed to pay organizers for events that occurred before COVID-19 shutdowns and has not refunded consumers for tickets they purchased for entertainment and other events cancelled due to the pandemic.
Sep 24 2020
AG Ferguson: Mesh manufacturer Bard must pay Washington $2.38 million for failing to disclose the risks of its transvaginal mesh devices
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Bard, a medical device manufacturer and formerly one of the biggest manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices, will pay $2.38 million to Washington for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices.
Sep 17 2020
AG Ferguson announces major victory: Washington State Federal judge issues nationwide injunction blocking Postmaster General’s unlawful policies delaying mail
YAKIMA, Wash. — A federal judge in Yakima, Wash., today granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to grant a nationwide injunction forcing the U.S. Postal Service to immediately halt drastic operational changes.
Sep 16 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that 816 former ITT Tech students in Washington state will receive $5.9 million in debt relief. This amount covers all outstanding debts these borrowers owe to PEAKS Trust. The debt forgiveness resolves an investigation launched by Ferguson and a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general into unfair and deceptive lending practices by PEAKS Trust, a private loan program created to fund loans for the for-profit college ITT Tech. Today’s court filing also requires PEAKS to dissolve.
Sep 10 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson late yesterday asked a Yakima judge to immediately halt the U.S. Postal Service’s drastic operational changes that threaten critical mail delivery nationwide.
Sep 9 2020
AG Ferguson leads lawsuit to protect America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today he is leading a coalition of 15 states filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration to protect America’s pristine and undeveloped Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.
Sep 2 2020
AG Ferguson files lawsuit against JUUL for targeting underage consumers in its advertising, product design
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a consumer protection lawsuit against e-cigarette company JUUL. Ferguson’s lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, asserts JUUL violated the state Consumer Protection Act by designing and marketing its products to appeal to underage consumers and deceiving consumers about the addictiveness of its product. JUUL’s unlawful conduct fueled a pervasive and staggering rise in e-cigarette use and nicotine addiction among youth.
Aug 31 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that Initiative 1639 is constitutional and will remain law in Washington state. The voter-approved initiative made several changes to Washington laws on semiautomatic rifle purchases, including strengthening background checks and requiring waiting periods for purchases of semiautomatic assault rifles.
Aug 28 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed an amended complaint seeking to halt an unlawful Trump Administration policy that guts the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Trump Administration’s new attempt to strip protections for Dreamers comes after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in mid-June that declared President Trump’s first attempt to rescind DACA unlawful.