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AGO News Releases for 1996
December 31, 1996--Attorney General Christine Gregoire and state and federal recovery agencies are warning storm-stricken Washington residents not to fall victim to scams while repairing and recovering from the recent storms.
SEATTLE - December 19, 1996---Mazda Motor of America, Inc. today agreed to reform its national auto leasing advertisements and pay $857,500 to Washington and 23 other states.
SEATTLE - December 5, 1996 - Telemark, Inc., a Portland-based telemarketing firm, operating extensively in Washington, agreed today to pay $316,000 in fines and fees to settle a lawsuit for deceiving customers, failing to provide services to clients and falsifying polling results.
SEATTLE - State Attorney General Christine Gregoire signed a letter of agreement today with America Online, an online service provider headquartered in Virginia, resolving allegations that AOL had violated Washington's Consumer Protection Act in marketing their new pricing and service plan.

SEATTLE- Attorney General Christine Gregoire today announced that Washington with 22 other states and the Federal Trade Commission, have reached a $1 million settlement with four auto manufacturers that promises to change the way auto leases are advertised nationwide.

OLYMPIA - November 19, 1996 - State Attorney General Chris Gregoire is delighted with today's King County Superior Court ruling allowing the majority of the state's lawsuit against the tobacco industry to proceed.

 SEATTLE - Attorney General Christine Gregoire filed a lawsuit against Sunrise Resorts and Recreation, Inc. of Renton, WA., a camping club with a long history of consumer complaints.

November 18, 1996 > Statement on Intertanko ruling
November 18, 1996 - Washington's Chief Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Mix is pleased with today's U.S. District Court decision upholding the Washington law requiring oil tankers to follow state oil spill prevention regulations.
November 13, 1996 - OLYMPIA - State Attorney General Christine Gregoire plans to appeal Wednesday's Thurston County Superior Court ruling which rejects a major part of the state's case against three O.K. Boys Ranch administrators charged with multiple counts of second-degree criminal mistreatment of children.
SEATTLE -- One of the never ending contests to win a brand-new "black" truck displayed in malls, fairs, and recreational shows, came to an end yesterday with a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General's Office.
October 28, 1996, SEATTLE -- Attorney General Christine Gregoire today filed a lawsuit against Mazda Motors of America, Inc. in a multi-state crack down on deceptive advertising used to promote "zero down" or "penny down" automobile leases.
October 1, 1996 - OLYMPIA -- State Attorney General Christine Gregoire said today she is pleased the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear both Washington's and New York's assisted suicide cases in tandem.

OLYMPIA - State Attorney General Christine Gregoire today announced the findings of an extensive investigation that revealed significant problems with the construction of 10 Eastern Washington schools in the last five years.

September 16, 1996 - Washington and 11 other states today announced an agreement with four major retailers that will help clarify for consumers "Zero Interest/No Interest" advertisements.

OLYMPIA - Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire today supported President Clinton¹s proposal to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.

SPOKANE---Attorney General Christine Gregoire today announced that a Nevada multi-level marketing company has agreed to stop exaggerating income claims to potential Washington distributors of its products.
OLYMPIA, August 1, 1996 -- Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire released a 71-page opinion today which clarifies various issues involving the management of millions of acres of trust lands which are used to benefit schools, universities and local government.
SEATTLE -- The Attorney General today filed a lawsuit in Federal Court to stop a Georgia-based telemarketer from using deceptive prize promotions to "hook" Washington consumers into buying magazine subscriptions.
OLYMPIA, July 11, 1996, Based on a review of the U.S. Supreme Court and 9th Circuit decisions, the Attorney General's Office has told Shelton-area legislators that planned public prayer at high school commencement programs would violate the state constitution.
SEATTLE, July 9, 1996-- In an on-going crackdown against unscrupulous travel sellers, the Attorney General's Office today filed a lawsuit against Platinum Passport, Ltd., a Bellevue-based travel club.
July 3, 1996 - The Attorney General's Office has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal the 9th Circuit ruling that limited the application of Washington's ban on assisted suicide.
SEATTLE -- Attorney General Christine Gregoire today announced two charitable fundraisers have been ordered to pay nearly $100,000 for allegedly lying to obtain contributions for non-profit organizations
SEATTLE Attorney General Christine Gregoire today announced that Levitz Furniture Corporation has agreed to pay nearly $1.2 million to Washington and seven other states to settle claims for advertising deceptive discounts off its "regular" furniture prices.
VANCOUVER -- Following an extensive investigation, State Attorney General Christine Gregoire today filed felony criminal charges against 10 individuals and a corporation for allegedly committing perjury and falsifying documents in connection with illegally obtaining state electrical licenses.
SEATTLE State Attorney General Christine Gregoire filed in King County Superior Court today a lawsuit aimed at changing the conduct of the nation's leading tobacco companies.
The Attorney General's Office is seeking volunteers to work with the public in its Kennewick Consumer Re source Center, according to Attorney General Christine Gregoire.
On April 17, 1996 the Washington State Attorney General's Office filed a Consumer Protection lawsuit against two Washington optometrists, Leonard and David Vainio and American Eyecare of Bellevue, Inc.

Washington is among 12 states' attorneys general taking action against fraudulent credit repair companies as part of "Operation Payback," a nationwide crackdown announced this morning by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. In all, the 12 states and the FTC filed law suits against 13 firms.

The reference to RCW 50.04.150 in the female and child labor law (chapter 49.12 RCW) adopts the statute as it existed on the effective date of its adoption but does not incorporate subsequent amendments.
OLYMPIA With the Governor likely later today to sign legislation making lethal injection Washington's presumed method of execution, State Attorney General Christine Gregoire will ask a federal appeals court next week to dismiss a ruling that convicted double murderer Mitchell Rupe is too heavy to hang.
OLYMPIA -- The State Attorney General's Office today announced it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court the recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals limiting the application of Washington's ban on assisted suicide.
OLYMPIA The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed one of its three-judge panels and ruled 6-5 to reinstate the death sentence of David L. Rice, who killed Seattle attorney Charles Goldmark, his wife and their two children more than a decade ago.
SEATTLE Attorney General Christine Gregoire today filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging Ken Behring, the Seattle Seahawks owner, used unfair and anti-competitive business practices in attempting to move his team to Southern California.
February 13, 1996 - The Attorney General's Office today warned consumers to avoid illegal pyramid schemes including those involving long distance phone cards.
Attorney General Christine Gregoire and state and federal recovery agencies are warning flood-stricken Washington residents not to fall victim to flood-related scams.
SEATTLE Using a 30-year-old federal law to combat a consumer problem of the 1990's, the Washington State Attorney General's Office has pulled the plug on a telemarketing scam involving several major Canadian lottery ticket sellers.
SEATTLE - The State Attorney General's Office last year saved Washington consumers nearly $5 million dollars - a record amount - primarily through the help of volunteers.
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