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Bob Ferguson

Aug 23 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that restaurant chain Jersey Mike’s will pay $150,000 to resolve a lawsuit over its use of no-poach provisions. The company will not add provisions to new contracts and will remove provisions from all of its franchise contracts nationwide, benefiting thousands of workers across the country.
Aug 14 2019
RICHLAND — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today co-led a coalition of 13 states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to the “public charge” rule that target immigrants and their families. The 169-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, asserts that the Trump Administration’s new rule unlawfully expands the definition of “public charge,” in violation of federal immigration statutes, the Welfare Reform Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Aug 13 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson, in a coalition of 22 states and seven local governments, today challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan and replace it with the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, which would not require significant carbon emission reductions.
Aug 13 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today, as a result of his lawsuit, the Wapato City Council and all Wapato city officers will undergo ethics and open government trainings and commit to not paying former City Administrator Juan Orozco’s unlawful contract, and to not employ Orozco in the future.
Aug 12 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today asked an Alabama federal judge to allow him to join an ongoing lawsuit to ensure that the 2020 Census includes all residents in its count, seeking to bolster what the court has called the Trump Administration’s “halfhearted” defense of the constitutionally required count.
Aug 12 2019
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement following the Trump Administration’s announcement of changes to the “public charge” rule that would allow immigration officials to deny new or continuing legal status to immigrants who use or may use public benefits to which he or she is entitled
Aug 8 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, four additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The four chains have 381 locations in Washington and more than 15,000 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to 66.
Jul 30 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Sunnyside, asserting that the city has unlawfully and repeatedly used its Crime Free Rental Housing Program to force tenants out of their homes without evidence that they engaged in criminal activity, and without proper notice or court orders in violation of state and federal law. Despite multiple communications between the Attorney General’s Office and city leaders, the city refuses to come into compliance with the law.
Jul 30 2019
El Procurador General Bob Ferguson presentó hoy una demanda federal de derechos civiles contra la Ciudad de Sunnyside, en la que afirma que la ciudad ha utilizado de manera ilegal y repetida su Programa de Viviendas de Alquiler Libres de Crimen (Crime Free Rental Housing Program) para forzar a los inquilinos a salir de sus hogares sin evidencia de que se encuentren implicados en actividades delictivas y sin la debida notificación u órdenes judiciales, en violación de las leyes estatales y federales. A pesar de los múltiples comunicados entre la Oficina del Procurador General y los líderes de la ciudad, la ciudad se niega a estar en cumplimiento con la ley.
Jul 26 2019
SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge today rejected an attempt by three multi-billion dollar opioid distributors to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit seeking to hold the companies accountable for their role in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic.