AG Ferguson: Companies sent hundreds of thousands of deceptive texts, emails targeting small businesses, nonprofits
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a consumer protection lawsuit against two businesses and their owner for sending hundreds of thousands of deceptive texts and emails to Washington businesses and nonprofits. These deceptive text messages cost Washington businesses at least $163,000. The lawsuit is part of Ferguson’s Small Business Protection Initiative.
Electron Hydro dam owner ordered to pay largest financial penalty in an environmental criminal case in state history
TACOMA — A Pierce County Superior Court judge has ordered Electron Hydro, LLC and its Chief Operating Officer Thom Fischer to pay a total of $1 million in fines and restitution as a result of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Environmental Protection Division’s prosecution. As part of the sentence, the company will pay $745,000 to the Puyallup Tribal Fisheries to help restore the Puyallup River.
AG Ferguson and Legislature partner to create Organized Retail Crime Unit within Attorney General’s Office
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that the Legislature fully funded his request to create a centralized Organized Retail Crime Unit to coordinate, investigate and prosecute multijurisdictional retail crime statewide.
AG Ferguson, Rep. Mena bill protecting Washingtonians from utility shutoffs during extreme heat signed into law
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill Attorney General Bob Ferguson partnered on with Rep. Sharlett Mena, D-Tacoma, to ensure a utility operator cannot shut off Washingtonians’ power or water when the National Weather Service issues a heat-related warning or alert.
Governor signs AG Ferguson, Sen. Pederson legislation that removes unconstitutional death penalty statute from state law
Gov. Jay Inslee today signed Senate Bill 5087 into law. The legislation, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and sponsored by Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, repeals a number of unconstitutional state laws, including Washington’s invalid death penalty statute.
Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a new law that establishes a Cold Case Unit in the Attorney General’s Office focused on solving cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and people.
OLYMPIA — Today the Legislature passed a bill Attorney General Bob Ferguson partnered on with Rep. Vandana Slatter, D-Bellevue, to close the gap on health data privacy protections, provide Washingtonians more control of their health data and protect those who come from out of state to access reproductive and gender-affirming care.
A bill to ensure that gun manufacturers and dealers — like other purveyors of dangerous goods — must take reasonable steps to prevent their products from getting into the hands of dangerous individuals passed the Legislature today, and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
SPOKANE — Today Judge Thomas O. Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington issued an order reiterating that his injunction protecting access to mifepristone in Washington and 17 other states remains in full force and effect notwithstanding recent orders by courts in Texas.
AG Ferguson files lawsuit against Puppyland for misleading marketing of puppies, channeling consumers into predatory loans
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today he filed a lawsuit against Puppyland and its owners for failing to honor advertised health guarantees and channeling customers into predatory loans with illegal terms restricting truthful reviews. The lawsuit asserts Puppyland misrepresented both the breeding standards of puppies it sold and the health guarantees they offered, while unfairly maneuvering buyers into signing predatory loans with interest rates approaching 200% without adequate time to understand the terms.