Jun 5 2020
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement:
Jun 4 2020
AG Ferguson: Court rules Washington air duct companies engaged in unlawful robocalls, deceptive marketing
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced an important legal victory in his effort to crack down on illegal robocallers. King County Superior Court judge ruled that Vancouver, Washington-based air duct cleaning companies and their owner broke the law by illegally robocalling Washington consumers. The court also determined that the companies engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices in violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Ferguson filed the complaint in September 2019 after his investigation revealed that the companies contacted more than a million Washington consumers with more than 13 million robocalls. Additionally, the companies sent tens of millions of deceptive advertisements to Washingtonians’ homes over a two year period.
Jun 4 2020
AG Ferguson files court challenge to Trump Administration’s new rule gutting campus sexual assault protections
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today joined 17 other attorneys general to file a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s new rule on reporting sexual assault and harassment at schools and universities.
Jun 2 2020
Attorney General sues packaged tuna manufacturer StarKist and former Bumble Bee CEO for overcharging Washington consumers for more than a decade
SEATTLE — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a civil lawsuit against Starkist, one of the world’s largest canned tuna manufacturers and the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, another large tuna manufacturer, over a price-fixing conspiracy that drove up the cost of packaged tuna for more than a decade, costing Washingtonians at least $6 million. Ferguson’s lawsuit makes Washington the first state to bring a case over this conspiracy.
May 27 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to roll back federal emissions standards for cars and light-duty trucks.
May 27 2020
First lawsuit enforcing governor’s emergency proclamation results in property management company paying nearly $300,000 to tenants
TACOMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Nevada-based JRK Residential Group Inc. will pay nearly $350,000 — including almost $300,000 directly to tenants in the form of refunds, payments and rent forgiveness — to resolve a lawsuit Ferguson filed in April over the company’s violations of the state’s emergency eviction moratorium. Ferguson’s lawsuit was the first filed to enforce one of Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamations.
May 19 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced consumer protection lawsuits against two gyms that continue to operate in violation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation. Both business owners have received multiple warnings that, by continuing to operate, they were endangering public health. In addition, they are engaging in an unfair business practice while their competitors remain closed. Consequently, the gyms are gaining an unfair advantage over their competitors who are complying with the proclamation, which violates the Consumer Protection Act.
May 19 2020
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Santander Consumer USA Inc., the nation’s largest subprime auto financing company, will pay as much as $6.4 million to Washingtonians in the form of cash relief and loan forgiveness, following a years-long, multistate investigation into its lending and loan servicing practices.
May 19 2020
AG Ferguson challenges Department of Education decision blocking coronavirus aid for thousands of Washington students
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today challenged a U.S. Department of Education decision that deprives thousands of Washington college students from receiving critical aid included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act.
May 7 2020
AG Ferguson: Seattle Pain Center to pay back $1.1 million to state Medicaid program over excessive urine tests
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Seattle Pain Center, a shuttered network of eight pain clinics formerly owned by Dr. Frank Li, will pay $1.1 million to Washington’s Medicaid program.