Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Feb 8 2016
OLYMPIA — Service Employees International Union Local 925 (SEIU 925) will pay the state $31,715 after an Attorney General’s Office lawsuit over its improper reporting of in-kind and cash campaign contributions.  The judgment includes costs, fees and civil penalties.
Feb 8 2016
SEATTLE — A Richland florist who was ordered to stop discriminating against gay and lesbian customers seeking flowers for their weddings has filed her response brief before the Washington State Supreme Court. Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement regarding this latest brief: “The defendants are offering essentially the same arguments that failed at the Superior Court. That court recognized it is illegal in Washington for a business to offer services to opposite-sex couples yet refuse those same services to same-sex partners. My office will continue to stand against discrimination. I’m confident the Supreme Court will agree that Washington law does not allow it.” In a Feb. 18, 2015 ruling, a Benton County Superior Court judge found that Arlene’s Flowers, and its owner, Barronelle Stutzman, violated the state Consumer Protection Act by refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding.  Stutzman and her company appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, and this recent filing responds to the State of Washington’s briefing filed in December. On March 27, 2015 the Superior Court permanently enjoined the defendants from discriminating against any person because of his or her sexual orientation. The court also imposed a $1,000 penalty and ordered the defendants to pay the Attorney General’s Office $1 in costs and attorney fees, the amount the Attorney General requested. Background In April 2013, the Attorney General’s Office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Arlene’s Flowers and Stutzman for refusing to provide flowers to customer Robert Ingersoll for his wedding to his husband, Curt Freed.    Before filing the lawsuit, the Attorney General’s Office sent a letter to Stutzman asking her to comply with Washington law, which prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Had she agreed to no longer discriminate, the Attorney General’s Office would not have filed suit, and Stutzman would not have paid any costs, fees or penalties. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled whether it will hear the case or send the appeal to the intermediate Court of Appeals. That decision is expected in the next few months. -30-                                                            The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more. Contacts: Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Communications Director, alisond@atg.wa.gov
Feb 5 2016
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced Washington homeowners will recover $1 million, as part of a $470 million agreement secured for homeowners nationwide through a state-federal legal action against mortgage lender and servicer HSBC.
Feb 5 2016
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed charges today against a Bellevue restaurant owner accused of using “sales suppression software” to hide cash transactions, pocketing nearly $395,000 in sales tax collected from her patrons.
Jan 29 2016
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson applauded yesterday’s bipartisan, 5-2 Senate Government Operations & Security Committee vote in favor of his bill to modernize the Open Public Meetings Act. 
Jan 29 2016
OLYMPIA — Service Employees International Healthcare 775NW (SEIU 775) will pay more than $39,000 after an Attorney General’s Office lawsuit over its improper reporting of in-kind and cash contributions.
Jan 29 2016
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request bill to raise the sale age of tobacco and vapor products to 21 today passed the House Health Care & Wellness Committee in a bipartisan 9-3 vote.
Jan 29 2016
TACOMA — Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit will be in Tacoma next week opposing the conditional release of convicted sex offender Jerrod Stoudmire into the community.
Jan 29 2016
OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today announced it has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC).
Jan 28 2016
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a plan to take on the challenges posed by the significant number of driver’s license suspensions in Washington. Ferguson’s proposal would bring together law enforcement, the courts, and other stakeholders to address the challenges faced by low-income drivers who lose their license because they are unable to pay traffic fines.

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