Dec 4 2020
AG Ferguson intends to file lawsuit against Trump Administration to prevent imminent sale of National Archives building in Seattle
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that his office recently uncovered a dramatic change in the timeline for the proposed sale of the National Archives building in Seattle buried in a 74-page meeting minutes document from October. In it, the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB) disclosed that it would move to immediately sell the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) building in Seattle, along with a “portfolio” of other federal properties, in early 2021. It had planned on selling the properties individually over the next year.
Nov 23 2020
AG, Secretary of State issue joint statement regarding gubernatorial succession in the event of a vacancy
OLYMPIA — In light of recent inquiries from members of the press and public, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are jointly providing information about what happens under Washington law if the governor resigns to accept a position in a presidential administration.
Nov 18 2020
AG Ferguson: Judge finds opioid distributor in contempt of court for refusing to disclose documents and make key witnesses available for testimony
SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge today found AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., one of the largest prescription opioid distributors in the world, in contempt of court for failing to turn over important documents and attempting to shield key witnesses from testifying. AmerisourceBergen is one of the three companies Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued in March 2019 for unlawfully contributing to Washington state’s opioid epidemic.
Nov 18 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after a federal judge in northern California ruled that the Trump Administration’s reinterpretation of a long-standing provision of the Medicaid Act that allows voluntary payroll deductions — such as union dues and health care premiums — from payments to in-home caregivers is invalid.
Nov 16 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that a federal judge struck down the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to gut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The judge, in granting Ferguson’s motion for summary judgment, ruled that this latest DACA rollback violated federal law.
Nov 13 2020
OLYMPIA — On Monday, Nov. 16, the trial over the remaining campaign finance violations alleged against initiative promoter Tim Eyman will begin.
Nov 13 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement on the Washington State Patrol’s Independent Investigation Team’s referral of its completed investigation into the death of Manuel Ellis:
Nov 9 2020
Court of Appeals unanimously upholds $18M penalty against Grocery Manufacturer’s Association in AG’s campaign finance lawsuit
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Court of Appeals today unanimously upheld the $18 million penalty in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association over its intentional violations of Washington’s campaign finance laws.
Nov 6 2020
AG Ferguson: Court orders $490,000 go to authentic veterans charities after judgment against Washington-based sham charity
TACOMA — A Pierce County Superior Court judge ordered a charity that deceptively claimed to help veterans to pay a total of nearly $1 million in restitution and financial penalties. The sham charity’s sole officer, Michael Friedmann, told consumers and donors their donations would benefit veterans and their families when none of the money raised did.
Nov 4 2020
A Grays Harbor County Superior Court judge found probable cause to civilly commit a sex offender after the Washington Attorney General’s Office filed a petition to prevent his release to the community.