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Washington's move to curb tobacco among young adults 'encouraging,' professor says

Chandra Lye Feb. 21, 2017, 8:29am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Raising the minimum legal purchasing age could help young adults in Washington from becoming established smokers, according to one researcher.

Wash.judge orders makers of 5-hour ENERGY to pay $4.3M

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:42am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Feb. 8 that a King County judge has ordered the makers of 5-hour ENERGY to pay nearly $4.3 million after multiple alleged violations of the state Consumer Protection Act.

Greenacres Motors to pay fines, adopt non-discrimination policies

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2017, 8:48am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Greenacres Motors has agreed to accept fines and penalties totaling $280,000 following allegations of a pattern of sexual harassment by former owner and employee Monte L. Masingale.

Washington secretary of state to pay $10,115 for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 8:52am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that Washington’s Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, will pay $10,115 for alleged campaign finance violations.

Washington state attorney general, senator seek one-year lobbying prohibition

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:25pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Jan. 12 that, along with state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, he has reintroduced the government ethics proposal that would establish a one-year lobbying prohibition for former high-ranking state officials.

West Coast 'super tort' against Monsanto could spread to other states

John Breslin Jan. 17, 2017, 10:20am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A private law firm in line to earn millions representing the state of Washington has been active in recent years donating to candidates for state attorney general.

Wash. AG targets local asbestos abatement business

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:02am

WENATCHEE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 29 that his office has filed charges against Timothy Powell and his business A1 Asbestos LLC, for allegations of providing false asbestos waste shipment records to an Okanogan County landfill.

Washington state targets legislative candidate for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 30, 2016, 10:09am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 19 that his office has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against Teresa Purcell for alleged campaign finance violations.

Washington state targets politician, political group for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:45pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 19 that his office has filed two separate complaints against the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and a 2016 candidate for the Thurston County Board of Commissioners for allegations of campaign finance violations. 

Wash. AG sues Monsanto over PCB-related issues; Company calls lawsuit 'highly experimental'

Mark Iandolo Dec. 13, 2016, 9:50am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced an environmental lawsuit Dec. 8 against Monsanto, filed in King County Superior Court, seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Monsanto allegedly produced for decades.

CHI Franciscan in Washington provides $1.1 million in relief to consumers after improper fee allegations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 29, 2016, 9:21am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Nov. 16 that CHI Franciscan will provide more than $1.1 million in health care cost relief after allegations of mislabeled charges and inadequate fee disclosures.

Wash. judge issues $18M verdict against Grocery Manufacturers Association

Mark Iandolo Nov. 15, 2016, 9:37am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Nov. 2 that a Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to pay $18 million in penalties and punitive damages after allegations of intentionally violating campaign finance laws.

Washington AG accuses Freedom Foundation of campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 15, 2016, 9:33am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Oct. 28 he had filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by the Freedom Foundation.

Court backs Washington state in case against 5-hour ENERGY

Mark Iandolo Oct. 14, 2016, 11:33am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a King County Superior Court ruling against the makers of 5-hour ENERGY in which the court sided with the state.

Court rules 5-hour ENERGY violates Consumer Protection Act

Mark Iandolo Oct. 14, 2016, 10:32am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a King County Superior Court ruling against the makers of 5-hour ENERGY in which the court sided with the state.

Tim Eyman, company reimburse Washington attorney general, allowing campaign finance case to continue

Mark Iandolo Sep. 23, 2016, 8:22pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that Tim Eyman and his for-profit company have reimbursed the attorney general’s office $10,000.

Julep Beauty to pay $3 million after deceptive marketing allegations

Mark Iandolo Sep. 9, 2016, 12:55pm

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Julep Beauty Inc. and its owner Jane Park will pay $3 million after allegations of deceptive “negative option” marketing tactics, said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Washington attorney general targets port of Tacoma officials for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2016, 11:54am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced his office has filed a complaint against the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County (the EDB) and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce (the chamber) over allegations of campaign finance violations. These defendants are port of Tacoma officials.  

Washington's settlement with trial lawyers group happened by accident

Noell Wolfgram Evans Aug. 19, 2016, 8:43am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – On July 15, the Washington State Association for Justice, a trial lawyers group, agreed to pay the state of Washington $9,240 to resolve allegations it did not properly report lobbyist information.

Washington attorney general targets Comcast in landmark case

Mark Iandolo Aug. 5, 2016, 11:37am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced his office has filed a lawsuit against cable television and Internet company Comcast over allegations of illegally deceiving consumers.