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Climate change made me do it: Activists press the 'necessity defense'

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - On Sept. 23, 2016, a group of protesters blocked a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train carrying coal in Spokane, Wash., to prevent the earth from warming up. From a scientific standpoint, the action was absurd: Stopping a single trainload of coal could hardly have any more impact on global climate change than the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings in Tanzania.

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

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.

13 states back flower shop owner who allegedly declined service to same-sex couple

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has announced Alabama has joined a 13-state coalition to support the religious liberty of a flower shop owner in Washington state being sued for declining service for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

SEIU 925 to pay $31,715 regarding allegations of campaign finance law violations

OLYMPIA, Washington (Legal Newsline) — Service Employees International Union Local 925 (SEIU 925) will pay the state of Washington $31,715 due to allegations it improperly reported in-kind and cash campaign violations, the state has announced.

SEIU 775 will pay $39,000 over allegations of false reporting

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson reached an agreement with Service Employees International Healthcare 775NW (SEIU 775) that will see the organization pay more than $39,000 over allegations of improperly reporting in-kind and cash contributions.

Wash. SC applies consumer protection law to out-of-state plaintiffs

The Washington Supreme Court has issued a ruling that creates a wider scope for the application of the state's Consumer Protection Act, according to a law professor and former assistant attorney general.

Suit alleges Wells Fargo changed locks, removed property from foreclosed home

A class-action lawsuit filed on Jan. 3 alleged Wells Fargo Bank went into a couple's home, changed the locks and took out their possessions after the property went into foreclosure.

Wash. AG sues couple who allegedly sold bogus certificates


Washington AG sues adult family home training company

Story CopySEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a Pierce County couple who allegedly sold fake continuing education trainings and certificates to hundreds of adult family home employees.

Summary judgment reversed in asbestos case; Only one issue raised by defendant

TACOMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A Washington appeals court has reversed a trial court’s judgment in an asbestos case, concluding the defendant only identified one issue in its summary judgment request, which was insufficient.

Wash. AG sues two mortgage rescue firms


eFoodhandlers reaches agreement with Wash. AG over certificate


Mandatory Poster Agency sued by Wash. AG


Ferguson asks court to enforce probe of O'Reilly Auto Parts


Wash. florist wants judge to dismiss AG's discrimination suit

PROSSER, Wash. (Legal Newsline) -- A Washington florist who allegedly violated the state's Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against a customer on the basis of his sexual orientation has asked a state judge to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit against her.

Judge hears arguments in Wash. AG's case against flower shop owner

PROSSER, Wash. (Legal Newsline) -- Last week, a Washington state judge heard oral arguments in a case against a florist who allegedly violated the state's Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against a customer on the basis of his sexual orientation.

Wash. AG files consumer protection suit against florist

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a florist that allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against a customer on the basis of sexual orientation.

Wash. AG settles with financial planning companies

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced settlements Tuesday with four financial planning companies that allegedly targeted senior veterans with schemes related to asset management.

McKenna files response in's lawsuit

McKenna SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, along with county prosecutors from across the state, has filed a response to a lawsuit from the online classified website

Wash. SC: State can collect tax on roll-your-own cigs for now

Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - The State of Washington can collect taxes on roll-your-own cigarettes for now, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling last week.