Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Seattle - Nov. 1, 2000 - A Lynnwood vacation club marketing firm that that has been the target of more than 150 consumer complaints will have to pay restitution, civil penalties and fees, according to a settlement announced today.
Olympia - October 26, 2000 - We are satisfied that the Supreme Court’s ruling today in the I-695 case was based on a complete airing of the constitutional issues. We believe the decision was based on thorough and well-presented arguments for and against I-695.
Seattle -Oct. 18, 2000- The Washington state Attorney General’s High-Tech unit, created to fight crime and consumer fraud on the Internet, has filed its first two cases -- one against an Internet-based promoter of illegal pyramid and Ponzi schemes, and the other against a Redmond-based seller of web hosting services.
SEATTLE -- The Bridgestone/Firestone multistate working group, a joint effort of Attorneys General from Washington and 47 other states and territories, wants consumers who own tires listed on the Sept. 1, 2000, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Advisory to know their options.
Seattle -October 10, 2000 - Washington consumers and businesses will recover $10.6 million in damages under a settlement in a global price fixing conspiracy case, Attorney General Christine Gregoire announced today.
Olympia - October 9, 2000 - The state Attorney General’s Office today filed suit against the Washington Education Association for illegally using fees paid to it by non-members for political purposes.
SEATTLE - Oct. 5, 2000 - Two Seattle-area companies that allegedly sold "get rich quick" investment advice not backed up by results will discontinue deceptive practices and pay millions of dollars back to consumers. Those terms were agreed to by Wade Cook Financial Corporation and Wade Cook Seminars Inc., in consent decrees signed with Washington state and the Federal Trade Commission.
Seattle - Sept. 28, 2000 - As part of its settlement with Toys "R" Us and three toy manufacturers – Hasbro, Mattel and Little Tikes – the Attorney General’s office has awarded nearly $275,000 in grants to programs that benefit children throughout Washington state.
Seattle -September 22, 2000 - US Bank has agreed in a settlement not to share their customers' personal financial information with bank affiliates or other businesses until consumers are given the opportunity to keep the information confidential, Attorney General Christine Gregoire said today.
Olympia - Sept. 22, 2000 - Brian Malarky has been named executive director of the Washington State Executive Ethics Board by Attorney General Christine Gregoire.