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Washington state accuses Texas firm of operating 'trust mill'

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against CLA Estate Services Inc and CLA USA Inc. alleging they operated a "trust mill" that led to persuading seniors into purchasing high-commission insurance products.

Man alleges Organic Marketside shell eggs are not laid by hens with outdoor access

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A Washington man alleges consumers are paying a premium for shell eggs are that falsely advertised as being laid by hens with outdoor access.

State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

FTC seeks consumer protection in legislation to limit telehealth eye care

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 12 that it has submitted staff comments to the Washington state Legislature about proposed legislation that would put limitations on the telehealth eye care industry in the state.

Massachusetts ticket companies to pay Washington state $60,000 for violations

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two Massachusetts-based ticket buying companies, Find My Seats LLC and Box Office Pros LLC, will pay Washington state $60,000 for violating Washington's Ticket Sellers Act by using "ticket bot."

New Jersey company claims Zillow made agreements with brokers to conceal Zestimates

CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey limited liability company alleges Zillow conspires with certain real-estate brokers to conceal property estimates.

Washington state joins coalition fighting new FCC rules on net neutrality

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Jan. 16 that he is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to withdraw its new net neutrality rules.

False Claims Act defendant challenges civil penalties as excessive before any amount determined

RICHLAND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A False Claims Act lawsuit in Washington state could help defendants challenge excessive fine amounts early in the litigation process.

Washington state: Charity marketed services for children, duped consumers out of $1.5 million

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 26 that his office has filed a lawsuit against Roy Bronsin Haueter, his wife, and his children and their spouses for using non-profit donations for personal gain.

Washington state targets Motel 6 to protect consumer privacy after national immigration case

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit Jan. 3 against Motel 6, a national hotel chain, for allegations of voluntarily delivering guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for the past two years.

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.

T-Mobile Northeast files suit against Massachusetts city over denial of permit for facility

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts city is facing a suit from a telecommunications provider over its denial of a permit to construct a facility.

Washington state targets Uber for massive data breach

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Nov. 28 that he has filed a multimillion-dollar consumer protection lawsuit against ride-sharing company Uber for allegations of violating the state’s laws related to data breaches.

Microsoft, Princeton University challenging DACA decision

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Microsoft and Princeton University are among those challenging the federal government's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that they have invested significant resources in the individuals known as Dreamers.

Consumers claim they were victims of October Pizza Hut website breach

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Two Washington consumers allege they were victims of a data breach after using a pizza chain's website.

More than 40 states allege additional companies involved in generic drug price fixing

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a coalition of 46 attorneys general seeks to expand their complaint to include more companies in the alleged generic drug price-fixing conspiracy.

Couple at center of alleged PTSD attack denied damages over former defense attorneys’ alleged conflict

In Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf P.S., the Washington State Supreme Court rejected the insureds’ attempt to collect damages for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice from their former insurance defense counsel.

Washington state continues fight against campaign finance violations

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Oct. 27 that his office has filed a complaint against the Clark County Republican Central Committee for alleged campaign finance violations.

Former Gonzaga employee who complained about lack of padding on basketball court can't sue for wrongful termination, court rules

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was wrongfully terminated by Gonzaga University was upheld by the Washington Court of Appeals in an opinion that was released Sept. 7.

Washington state attorney general alleges Purdue Pharma fueled opioid epidemic

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit Sept. 28 against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, for allegations of fueling the opioid epidemic through a deceptive marketing campaign.