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The Washington State Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section today issued the following statement about the state Utilities and Transportation Commission’s 2-1 decision to approve a settlement permitting acquisition of Puget Sound Energy by a consortium of private equity investors:
OLYMPIA—When Phyllis Wicks moved to Redmond, she was happy to find a denturist who makes house calls. Wicks, a senior in her mid-80s, has difficultly getting around. But state investigators say that after billing a taxpayer-funded public health program for nearly $2,000, the denturist then delivered what Wicks describes as poorly fitting “George Washington teeth.”

“Truth in advertising is nothing to sneeze at,” AG says

SEATTLE – Airborne is the top-selling product in the cold and cough aisles of major retailers. But it’s not a cold-buster, say state attorneys general. Just in time for the sniffling season, attorneys general in 32 states plus the District of Columbia announced that they, too, have reached a settlement with the makers of the popular effervescent tablet.

SEATTLE – Attorneys general for Washington and 38 other states today announced that they reached a $12 million settlement with Mattel, Inc., and its subsidiary, Fisher-Price, Inc., resolving a 16-month investigation into the events that resulted in the voluntary nationwide recall of nearly 2 million toys for excessive lead paint in 2007.
Needs are great as the nation faces economic woes, and Washington donors looking to help others this season should check a report released today by the Office of Secretary of State and take a good look at where their money is going before they give.

OLYMPIA – A woman who pleaded guilty to multiple counts related to her theft of nearly $60,000 from residents of a Raymond nursing home has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

OLYMPIA – The State of Washington and the Washington Education Association announced today that they have settled a dispute stemming from campaign finance charges brought 8 years ago against the Washington Education Association.
OLYMPIA – The Washington Attorney General’s Office says a Pinole, Calif., man’s mirror-image version of Russell Investments’ site violated the state’s anti-phishing law.
December 1, 2008 > Stenson execution update
The Washington Supreme Court has denied the State's motion to vacate the stay of execution.  The court denied the motion without prejudice, indicating the State may renew the motion before the superior court in 90 days.  This means the execution will not occur on December 3, 2008.  Rather, the execution date will reset in the future once the stays are lifted.
November 26, 2008 > Update: Darold R. Stenson Execution

The Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board has scheduled a special hearing at 9 a.m. on  Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 to consider the Petition for Clemency by the Washington State Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty re Darold Stenson and, due to operational necessity, the pending execution of Darold R. Stenson has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 2008, at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

OLYMPIA–Attorney General Rob McKenna made the following statement on the scheduled execution of Darold Stenson and two stays of execution granted today.
RICHLAND – Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington state will file suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to compel the U.S. Department of Energy to complete the cleanup of 53 million gallons of highly toxic and radioactive waste buried in tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

AG McKenna joins in requesting the Federal Trade Commission require additional disclosures for buyers

 SEATTLE – The federal “Used Car Rule” needs a tune-up. Forty-two attorneys general are asking the Federal Trade Commission to add additional disclosures about a vehicle’s history to the “Buyer’s Guide” notice displayed on cars available for purchase from dealers.

OLYMPIA, Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 — State officials are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the landmark settlement with the nation’s tobacco companies. Gov. Chris Gregoire, Washington Secretary of Health Mary Selecky and Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Tumwater’s George Washington Bush Middle School on Monday to remind kids about the health risks of tobacco.
“Today the Washington Supreme Court upheld the state’s long standing procedural process for the siting of energy facilities. This decision is a victory for the generation of alternative energy in our state, for job creation and for economic growth. The 65 wind turbines planned by the Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project will power tens of thousands of homes while preventing more than a half million tons of carbon dioxide per year from being released into the atmosphere. The construction of this wind-power plant will create jobs just when our economy so desperately needs them. And long term, this project will generate significant annual property tax revenue for Kittitas County.

Tatto Media agrees to alter its online advertising methods

SEATTLE – Money can’t buy love. But that didn’t stop a Washington-based company from tempting Internet users with the chance to learn the identity of a secret admirer. Unfortunately, any lonely hearts or curious souls who may have bit at Tatto Media, Inc.’s promotion lost out. According to the Washington Attorney General’s Office, the company’s promise to reveal your “LuvCrush” was a sham to sign consumers up for a horoscope text-messaging service.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced an agreement in which the online classified site will deter and crack down on inappropriate content and illegal activity in its “erotic services” section.

OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. have abandoned their proposed advertising agreement after being informed that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), joined by several states, would bring an antitrust lawsuit to block the deal.  Fifteen states participated in the investigation, which was led by Washington, California, New York, and Texas. 

Attorney General announces agreement with Ceragem

SEATTLE – A thermal massaging bed might work wonders for a sore back but the Attorney General’s Office says when it comes to hype, manufacturers are limited to promoting their medical products to uses approved by federal regulators. The office announced an agreement today with Ceragem International, Inc., a California corporation accused of marketing its product through the use of testimonials by consumers who claimed the beds cured or treated various ills.

OLYMPIA – When Sandra Gilbert was hired as the business office manager at a Raymond nursing home, she was entrusted with managing the funds of the home’s vulnerable residents. But the Aberdeen woman admitted Friday to violating that trust by forging dozens of checks and depositing nearly $60,000 into her own bank accounts.

LEGIT convenes identity theft summit to brainstorm solutions

SEATTLE – Law enforcement officers, prosecutors and private-sector fraud investigators say new technology and laws are needed to help prevent identity theft crimes in Washington and prosecute increasingly crafty and covert criminals.

Pfizer accused of deceptively marketing products despite known health risks

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington will receive nearly $1.2 million as part of a $60 million multistate settlement with Pfizer, Inc. The agreement reached with 33 states resolves allegations that the company marketed its anti-inflammatory drugs Celebrex and Bextra for unapproved uses despite known health risks.

SEATTLE – The Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section, which represents the public in utility rate cases, announced today that a settlement has been reached between NW Natural and other parties concerning the company’s proposal to increase natural gas rates.

OLYMPIA —Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens – more than drugs, violence or suicide.

SPOKANE—A Spokane jury today decided in favor of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s petition to send convicted rapist Kevin Coe to the state’s Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

SPOKANE – They called themselves “United Home Savers” and pledged to help homeowners facing foreclosure. But the Attorney General’s Office says a Florida-based business and its owners actually preyed on Washington residents.

Loan servicers and housing counselors offer help for borrowers

SEATAC – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will join housing counselors and loan servicers at a free workshop Saturday geared at helping homeowners find solutions to their mortgage problems.

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General McKenna today announced a new effort to help extinguish minors’ access to cigarettes.

Thanks to an agreement between McKenna, 46 other attorneys general, Shell Oil Products US and its joint venture Motiva Enterprises LLC, new procedures will be adopted to reduce the sales of cigarettes to minors at nearly 600 gas station convenience stores statewide.

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General McKenna today announced that he, along with 33 other attorneys general, reached a record $62 million settlement with Eli Lilly and Company concerning allegations that the company marketed its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses. The settlement is the largest multistate consumer protection pharmaceutical settlement and follows closely on the heels of the states’ $58 million agreement with Merck in May 2008 regarding its product Vioxx.
SEATTLE--Attorney General Rob McKenna Monday announced a landmark settlement brokered by  Washington  and other states requiring sub-prime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to provide loan modifications for as many as 395,000 borrowers nationwide. As a result, nearly 10,000 Washington homeowners will receive about $200 million in payment relief.
SEATTLE--Attorney General Rob McKenna Monday announced a landmark settlement brokered by  Washington  and other states requiring sub-prime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to provide loan modifications for as many as 395,000 borrowers nationwide. As a result, nearly 10,000 Washington homeowners will receive about $200 million in payment relief.

Seattle—On Monday Attorney General Rob McKenna will announce Washington’s share of a multi-state, multi-billion dollar settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation over allegations of deceptive lending practices.

The Attorney General’s Office today filed a lawsuit against the Washington State Republican Party for alleged violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure law.

SEATTLE—Attorney General Rob McKenna and five interpreters will arm Seattle’s Asian communities with fraud-fighting tools Saturday.

McKenna’s office, the Asian Pacific American Resource Network (APARN), and the Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS) organized the Theft and Medical Fraud Prevention Event, being held this Saturday at the Asian Counseling & Referral Service office.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna stood at the frontlines with Microsoft Corp. in the war against spyware in 2006. Now armed with tougher legislation, the state’s top law enforcement officer, with the world’s largest software company, is charging forward with new lawsuits targeting scareware purveyors.
SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Industrial Customers of NW Utilities (ICNU) today challenged electric and gas rate increases proposed by Avista
The Attorney General’s Office today filed two lawsuits— one against the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBA-K&S) and the other against the Building Industry Association of Washington’s Member Services Corporation (BIAW-MSC)—both for alleged violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure law.
SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement today with an Auburn business that sold precious metals online but allegedly failed to deliver the items by the promised date.

OLYMPIA--Attorney General Rob McKenna today joined 24 other state Attorneys General in urging MillerCoors, LLC to abandon its plan to introduce a new alcoholic energy drink -- Sparks Red -- that contains significantly boosted alcohol content.

 

OLYMPIA--Attorney General Rob McKenna and 12 other Republican state attorneys general this week applied a little peer pressure to Republican senators, urging them to support a  law that limits the federal government’s ability to force reporters to reveal their confidential sources.

Attorney General’s Office claims Eastern Washington dealerships broke consumer protection laws

WENATCHEE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office hopes an agreement with two Eastern Washington businesses will drive home an important message to all car dealers: When encouraging buyers to sign on the dotted line, employees must play it straight.

Lawsuit aims to put the skids on company’s deceptive sales practices

GOLDENDALE – A Klickitat County couple who sold motorcycle parts on the Internet are accused of taking their customers for a ride. The Washington Attorney General’s Office alleges Slade and Shawn Kitchens, of Dallesport, violated the state’s consumer protection law by failing to ship orders, provide refunds or obtain required business licenses.

OLYMPIA –A Grays Harbor woman is accused of fraudulently billing the state for 13 months of in-care for a Medicaid recipient. The problem, according to the Attorney General’s Office, is that she was married to him.

Online Divorce agrees to stop providing legal advice to Washington residents

OLYMPIA – In an era of drive-through wedding chapels and even quicker divorces, it’s still possible to reach a roadblock. The Attorney General’s Office, which announced a settlement today with a company that advertised online divorce services, says Washington residents should check out the credentials of those who provide legal guidance and resources.

SEATTLE – Local law enforcement agencies are seeing a disturbing number of crimes committed against some of the state’s most vulnerable targets: the elderly and those with mental or physical disabilities.

Attorney General Rob McKenna, along with the King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Assistant Secretary Kathy Leitch of the Department of Social and Health Services today announced a series of new proposals aimed at bringing abusers to justice, preventing mistreatment and ending financial exploitation.

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna is set to announce aggressive new proposals to protect our state’s vulnerable adults -- the elderly and those with mental or physical disabilities.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Department of Social and Health Services Assistant Secretary Kathy Leitch will appear with McKenna to outline what needs to be done to better protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

OLYMPIA – Rising mortgage payments have paved the way for scammers who peruse foreclosure listings. Grasping at any offer for help, their victims have paid for false promises, been cheated out of equity and, in severe cases, were tricked into transferring ownership of their homes.

Now, in an effort to shelter consumers from equity skimmers, the Washington Attorney General’s Office is using those same listings.

Seniors reminded that government agencies don’t phone for personal info

OLYMPIA –The Attorney General’s Office is warning Washington residents that they should not provide Social Security numbers, bank accounts or other personal information to callers claiming to be from the government. If past events are any indication, cons are likely to start working the phone lines after today’s announcement about the availability of a new prepaid debit card to receive federal benefits.

OLYMPIA – Credit freezes are hot with consumer advocates concerned about identity theft and privacy protections. Starting this week, Washington residents have even more control over their credit files thanks to changes that are also helping more retailers warm up to the law.
VANCOUVER -- The Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section, which represents the public in utility rate cases, wants NW Natural customers to tell state decision-makers what they think about the company’s proposal to raise rates.

OLYMPIA – One of the state’s most versatile employees never makes overtime, no matter how hard she works or how much danger she faces on the job. At just under five feet tall, she weighs 485 pounds and if she runs low on energy, she doesn’t always follow directions. Still, co-workers trust her with their lives.

ABERDEEN – Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and AARP will visit Aberdeen on Thursday, Sept. 11, to promote identity theft prevention and assist the public in keeping sensitive documents out of the hands of crooks. LeMay Mobile Shredding will destroy papers for consumers and small businesses at no charge.

OLYMPIA – The state of Washington today joined a group of twelve states, the District of Columbia and the City of New York in a suit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency for failing to adopt regulations that control emissions of global warming pollution from oil refineries. The suit challenges the EPA’s refusal to require new or renovated oil refineries to install technologies that control global warming pollution, in violation of the Clean Air Act.

SEATTLE – A proposed pact would mean smaller electric and gas rate increases for Puget Sound Energy customers than those originally requested by the company.

August 12, 2008 > I spy spyware, spam and scams

McKenna’s office leading the online fraud fight, national report finds

WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Attorney General’s Office is at the frontlines in the fight against online fraud, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

McCann Motors agrees to make amends with 79 luxury car buyers

FIFE – Lemon aid is on its way to 79 car buyers whose secondhand Hummers and Cadillac Escalades didn’t come equipped with a must-have feature – a notice that the cars were reacquired by their manufacturer under California’s Lemon Law then resold in Washington.
SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office today recommended that the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) not approve a settlement that would allow acquisition of Puget Sound Energy by a consortium of private equity investors. Section Chief Simon ffitch said expert testimony filed today by Public Counsel shows the settlement provisions do not do enough to address public interest concerns with the sale.
SEATTLE  – The Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section, which represents the public in utility rate cases, announced today that an agreement has been reached between Pacific Power and other parties concerning the company’s proposal to raise electric rates.

SEATTLE -- Attorney General Rob McKenna will host a discussion between national leaders in the fight against human trafficking, now tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world.

SEATTLE – The Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section, which represents the public in utility rate cases, wants Pacific Power customers to tell state decision-makers what they think about the company’s proposal to raise rates.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) and its former subsidiary Apothecon, Inc. has agreed to pay the state of Washington nearly $6.8 million to settle allegations of illegal marketing and pricing of prescription medications, Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today.

Building on the work of his Youth Internet Safety Task Force and the high-tech unit in his Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a number of updates to his office’s Internet Safety Web pages.

Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General Special to Institut national des hautes études de sécurité (INHES)   Printable PDF including footnotes:   Fighting Cybercrime While the Internet has revolutionized the way much of the world communicates and conducts business, it has also enabled a

RICHLAND – ¿Si su nieto llamara buscando ayuda, enviaría usted dinero? La Oficina del Procurador General de Washington advierte a residentes de Washington acerca de la "Estafa de Abuelo," donde estafadores que actúan como parientes tratan de convencer a víctimas de edad avanzada que envíen dinero en efectivo para ayudarles a pagar por reparaciones imprevistas de autos, cuentas médicas – o incluso pagarles la fianza.

OLYMPIA – The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) charged a Bremerton woman Wednesday with nine counts of Medicaid fraud for billing the government for care she claimed to have provided to her mother long after her mother had died.

RICHLAND – If your grandchild called seeking help, would you send money? The Washington Attorney General’s Office is warning Washington residents about the “grandparent scam,” where cons posing as relatives try to convince elderly victims to wire cash to help pay for emergency car repairs, medical bills – or even post bail.

OLYMPIA – A King County former nursing facility employee and a Spokane County Medicaid Personal Services individual care provider were charged last week with several felonies related to Medicaid Fraud.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the state will appeal a recent King County Superior Court ruling that suggests three sections of the Municipal Water law are invalid.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a multi-state agreement with MoneyGram Payment Services intended to help prevent U.S. residents from becoming victims of wire transfer scams. MoneyGram will pay $1.1 million to fund a national peer-counseling program to be overseen by the AARP Foundation. The company also agreed to print an attention-grabbing warning on its form used to send money and provide enhanced training to branch agents.

OLYMPIA — A former Spokane County adult family home operator was sentenced yesterday for six felony counts of Medicaid fraud.

Attorney General Rob McKenna and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler successfully rallied 39 of their fellow state attorneys general to join them in urging Senate leaders to support the Free Flow of Information Act (S. 2035). The act recognizes a qualified reporter’s privilege and brings federal law in line with the laws of 49 states and the District of Columbia.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statements on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on two cases for which his office has submitted friend of the court briefs.

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Attorney General Rob McKenna played a key role in  top-level panel discussions  on the enforcement of the 1998 Master Tobacco Settlement (MSA) and cross-border security this week at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) 2008 Summer Meeting.

SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office today recommended that the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) not approve the acquisition of Puget Sound Energy, Inc., (PSE) by a consortium of private equity investors because the transaction, as proposed, is not in the public interest.
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND -- For his distinguished work on tobacco negotiation, mediation and litigation, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has honored Assistant Attorney General Rusty Fallis with the Laurie Loveland Award for 2008. This award, which Fallis shares with his colleague Ann Uglietta of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, recognizes extraordinary efforts to advance the work of state Attorneys General on tobacco-related issues.
OLYMPIA – New laws requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna dealing with mortgage foreclosure schemes, identity theft, spyware and third-party marketing of cell phone numbers will go into effect on Thursday.
In conjunction with iKeepSafe, Comcast is bringing the “Faux Paw the Techno Cat®” Internet safety program to Spiritridge Elementary School on June 12th.  Students will participate in a special program with Attorney General McKenna, hosted by iKeepSafe and Comcast, to learn how to have a safe and healthy experience with connected technology.
SEATTLE, WA - El 12 de junio entra en vigor una nueva ley estatal cuyo objeto es brindar protección a aquellas personas que han sido afectadas por la crisis hipotecaria que ha sufrido el país. Con el motivo de proteger a aquellas personas que enfrentan la ejecución de una hipoteca, le lay establece nuevos requisitos y responsabilidades a los individuos que intentan ayudar y asesorar a los deudores hipotecarios para evitar la perdida de su propiedad.
new state law to help protect financially strapped homeowners from equity skimming and foreclosure rescue scams in Washington goes into effect on June 12.  The new law provides safeguards for people trying to stop the loss of their home and requires new disclosures and responsibilities for individuals claiming to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
new state law to help protect financially strapped homeowners from equity skimming and foreclosure rescue scams in Washington goes into effect on June 12.  The new law provides safeguards for people trying to stop the loss of their home and requires new disclosures and responsibilities for individuals claiming to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

OLYMPIA - Walgreen Co. ("Walgreens") has agreed to pay $914,753 to the state of Washington to settle allegations of improper billing, Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today.

SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office today challenged electric and gas rate increases proposed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
SPOKANE – Attorney General Rob McKenna will be in Spokane on Friday to award a $15,000 grant to Prescriptions for Life, a local nonprofit organization working to eliminate prescription drug abuse. The money, which comes from a settlement with the maker of OxyContin, will help pay for a new educational video that will be shown to students, teachers, school counselors, law enforcement, medical professionals and civic and business leaders.

SEATTLE – Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Moran will participate in a panel discussion about human trafficking in conjunction with a special screening of the critically-acclaimed film “Holly.”

 

 

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today urged members of Congress to adopt legislation that would increase the ability of state attorneys general to protect consumers from lead-tainted products.

SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that 28 states and the District of Columbia entered into a $9.5 million settlement with Express Scripts Inc., one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits management companies.
SEATTLE -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington will receive more than $1.6 million from drug maker Merck and Company, Inc., as part of the largest multistate consumer protection settlement involving the drug industry in U.S. history.
SEATTLE – A 21-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., man accused of coercing consumers to buy software that actually turned their computers into spamming machines agreed to a settlement that substantially restricts how he markets software in the future, the Washington Attorney General’s Office announced today.
Attorney General Rob McKenna today joined Washington’s Communities Against Predators in sharing tips for parents to improve child safety and prevent child abductions. The Attorney General’s Office is part of a national coalition taking part in Safe Child Week, a week-long event to educate children and caregivers about preventing abductions.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision restoring Washington’s top-two primary system in March gave voters much to celebrate, the battle to preserve it is far from over.

Secretary of State Sam Reed, the state’s chief elections officer, and Attorney General Rob McKenna, are vigorously defending the system from a new round of challenges brought by the state’s Democratic and Republican parties, and remain optimistic that voters will get their wish for wide-open primary voting that allows them pick their favorite for each office, regardless of party label

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today reminded parents of the importance of reading video game ratings to ensure that content is suitable for their children. The Attorney General’s Office has received a couple of recent complaints from consumers concerned about violent and sexually explicit content in popular video games.
OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Facebook has agreed to take significant steps to better protect children on its Web site. McKenna joined attorneys general nationwide in signing an agreement with Facebook, in which they emphasize their shared goal of protecting children from inappropriate content and unwanted contact by adults.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna was honored with the Washington State PTA’s “Friend of Children” Award during its 95th Annual Convention in SeaTac on Saturday. The award is the highest given by the Washington State PTA, and is presented to a group or individual performing outstanding work on behalf of children throughout the year.
BELLINGHAM – Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Bellingham Monday, May 12, to promote identity theft prevention and assist the public in keeping sensitive documents out of the hands of crooks. Sound Shredding and Recycling will destroy papers for consumers and small businesses at no charge.
SPOKANE – A new state government program is helping resolve disputes between manufactured home owners and their landlords. A statewide tour titled “Don’t Move It; Solve It,” includes three stops this month in Eastern Washington to educate homeowners and landlords about their legal rights and how the Attorney General’s Office can help them resolve problems.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced another win in the state’s fight to protect consumers from online fraud. A King County Superior Court Judge found that Internet affiliate advertisers Securelink Networks, LLC, and NJC Softwares, LCC, and their officers violated Washington’s consumer protection and spyware laws while marketing registry-cleaner software.
Attorney General Rob McKenna has sent a letter to United States Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne expressing his disappointment about the decision to award the Air Force tanker refueling contract to foreign-based conglomerate Northrupp Grummon/Airbus, despite Boeing's exceptionally competitive proposal.
SEATTLE – Two online companies that promised consumers “free” big-ticket items but required them to pay for trial offers and subscriptions must pay $55,000 in civil penalties under a settlement announced today by the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Under the terms of the settlement, SubscriberBASE Holdings, Inc., of Columbia, S.C., and SubscriberBASE, Inc., can no longer offer such promotions to Washington residents. The companies also agreed to refund more than 35,000 Washington consumers who paid for products and services in order to qualify for the so-called “free” items.
Attorney General Rob McKenna and Gov. Chris Gregoire will honor two law enforcement officers at this year’s Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Ceremony on Friday, May 2-- Deputy Michael O. Estes, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Gary Shilley, Puyallup Police Department.

SEATTLE – A defunct business that sold magazines on eBay agreed to refund consumers who never received their orders, under a settlement announced today by Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.  The Attorney General’s Office sued Cheapest-Magz, which formerly operated in Bremerton then California, and its owners Wilmyr Dagohoy and Eireen Ejem-Dagohoy, in October 2007, alleging that their practices violated the state Consumer Protection Act.

SEATTLE – Weeks after Puget Sound Energy informed customers by mail that it wants to raise gas and electric rates, the company is seeking more money – nearly $6 million more than its original request. The Public Counsel Section of the Attorney General’s Office, which represents residential and small business customers, is opposing PSE’s request and today filed a response with the state Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Two other consumer groups – The Energy Project, an advocacy group for limited-income consumers, and the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities – have joined Public Counsel’s opposition.
Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Redmond on Friday, April 25, to promote identity theft prevention and assist the public in keeping sensitive documents out of the hands of crooks. Frontline will be on site to destroy sensitive documents for consumers and small businesses at no charge.
SEATTLE – Approximately 200 Washington consumers who paid for a service that they thought would help save their homes from foreclosure will receive partial refunds under a new settlement announced today by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.
SEATTLE -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today released the final results from the state’s year-long investigation into gas prices. The investigation, which included an in-depth analysis of factors influencing prices at the pump, found variations across Washington communities are due to the cost of obtaining and transporting fuel to stations and local competition – not illegal price manipulation. Increasing worldwide demand for oil and an inability for regional refineries to meet local supply demands are the primary contributors to erratically climbing prices, experts added.
SEATTLE – Six small businesses in Washington state that lost phone and Internet services when their telecommunications provider, NorVergence, Inc., went bankrupt in 2004 will not have to pay the full amount due on their rental contracts, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office announced today.
SEATTLE - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today expressed concerns over the recently announced online advertising alliance between Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc.
SEATTLE – A Washington-based company that sells search-engine optimization services to small businesses is prohibited from selling or advertising them to new customers and must permit cancellation of existing contracts, according to a settlement announced today by Attorney General Rob McKenna.
Internet Advancement, of Redmond, which also does business as 4GreatBuys.com, was accused of misrepresenting its ability to provide top search-engine rankings and increase Web traffic, even after being sued by the state.
The Washington Attorney General’s Antitrust Division has received several inquiries and concerns regarding the new “print on demand” or “POD” policy recently implemented by Amazon.com.
PASCO – Attorney General Rob McKenna, who will travel to Pasco this weekend, said he believes a first-of-its kind Latino Business & Consumer Expo comes at an important time.
PASCO – Procurador Rob McKenna, que viajará a Pasco este fin de semana, dijo que él cree que la Exposición de Negocio y Consumidor Latino viene en un tiempo importante.

SEATTLE – While Washington has dropped from 7th to 13th in the nation per capita for identity theft cases reported to the Federal Trade Commission, many Washington residents still inadvertently put themselves at risk. Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Bainbridge Island on April 14 and Redmond on April 25 to promote identity theft prevention and assist the public in keeping sensitive documents out of the hands of crooks. 

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to respond to a landmark ruling that requires the agency to exercise its authority to protect the environment from greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.
SEATTLE – The Attorney General’s Public Counsel Section, which represents the public in utility rate cases, says Puget Sound Energy customers need to keep an eye out for a special notice in their April/May bills. Bellevue-based PSE, Washington’s oldest and largest energy utility, wants to raise rates for its more than 1 million electric customers and 725,000 gas customers in Western Washington. In addition, PSE’s parent company is proposing a sale of the company to an international consortium of investors from Australia, Canada, and the U.S. in a deal valued at more than $7 billion.
SEATTLE – Simon ffitch, chief of Public Counsel Section within the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, said the office is taking a hard look at Northwest Natural Gas’ new proposal to increase rates for its approximately 66,000 residential customers in Southwest Washington.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced that he and 10 other attorneys general sent a letter today to the Federal Communications Commission expressing their concerns about the proposed merger of satellite giants Sirius and XM.
SEATTLE –revamped state government program is helping resolve disputes between manufactured homeowners and landlords.
SEATTLE – A new state government program is helping resolve disputes between manufactured home owners and their landlords. Attorney General Rob McKenna, Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, and Rep. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup, today announced a new statewide tour to educate homeowners and landlords about their legal rights and how the Attorney General’s Office can help them resolve problems.
SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office is accusing a Scottsdale, Ariz., man of coercing consumers to buy software to block computer pop-ups by first bombarding them with ads for pornography and Viagra. In a civil lawsuit filed today in King County Superior Court in Seattle, the state alleges that consumers who downloaded the software were further victimized when the program caused their computers to stealthily blast messages to other PCs at a rate of one every two seconds.
The Attorney General’s Office this week named Tim Lang as the new Division Chief of the office’s newly formed Corrections Division.   The new Corrections Division emerged after a reorganization of the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) in the Attorney General’s office earlier this year. The reorganization splits the duties of the larger division into two smaller divisions, in response to its growing size and complexity
As a member of the Washington Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking-- or RUaD-- Attorney General Rob McKenna will join local leaders in Wenatchee tonight for a special town hall meeting on underage drinking.
March 19, 2008 > OPINION: Transparency matters

Access to government information is crucial in an information age. Sunshine Week is much, much more than an opportunity for policymakers and newspapers to talk about open government.

Sunshine Week is the time for the public to remind government officials that the work they do matters. People care and they want to be informed.

Wins and losses in the field of open government should be carefully tallied. Every citizen should know where their elected leaders stand on these issues and should urge them to support transparency at every opportunity.

That is the spirit of Sunshine Week.

The recent Sunshine Week poll indicates that more than 90 percent of respondents feel open government is important both at the state and local levels.  Let’s use technology in our favor and increase transparency for those we serve

SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that he and attorneys general from 19 states have filed a civil complaint against the manufacturer and marketers of TriCor, a drug prescribed to lower cholesterol. The states’ complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Delaware accuses Abbott Laboratories, based in Illinois; Fournier  Industrie Et Sante, of France; and subsidiary Laboratoires Fournier, S.A., with violating federal antitrust laws by delaying the availability of a cheaper generic versions of the medicine. The suit also alleges the defendants violated Washington consumer protection and antitrust laws.
Attorney General Rob McKenna will hold a media availability this morning at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision upholding the constitutionality of Washington’s Top Two Primary. Secretary of State Sam Reed, who is travelling in Yakima, will join by phone.
Calling the decision an extraordinary victory for voters, Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding Washington’s wide open Top-Two Primary.
As both Attorney General and a former King County Council member, I have always believed in the core principle of transparency in government as a means of building trust and demonstrating accountability...Let’s use technology in our favor and increase transparency for those we serve.
As the Legislature brought the gavel down on another session, Attorney General Rob McKenna was pleased his consumer protection and community safety priorities were continuing through the process and off to the governor’s desk for signature.
Government Technology, a media company providing information technology case studies, news and best practices by and for international, state, city and county government, has named Attorney General Rob McKenna and the AGO Information Services Director Andy Hill to its seventh annual Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers list.
Public officials conducting public business are accountable to the public even when discussing topics that are exempt from public disclosure.  Recording executive sessions would provide officials with important proof of sensitive discussions that could help them when disputes arise in the future, saving valuable time and money for government and the taxpayers they serve.
KENNEWICK – An online company that sells home décor for children’s bedrooms must refund consumers nationwide under a settlement with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office announced an agreement today with Storybook Lane, of Kennewick, Wash., and its owner Teryl Cooper that resolves allegations the business failed to deliver orders, issue refunds and respond to customer inquiries.

Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today much of his  2008 legislative agenda has survived the 2008 Legislative session.

Drastic cuts to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program funding by Congress have sparked concerns from attorneys general across all jurisdictions in the United States-- including Attorney General Rob McKenna.  In a letter to Congress, the 56 attorneys general stated the funding was essential for state crime programs and warned large cuts would greatly harm drug and crime programs across the board.
SEATTLE – Washington consumers filed 19,686 complaints with the Attorney General’s Office in 2007. Complaints about collections agencies climbed to the No. 2 spot, bumping retailers, who held that ranking since at least 2001, to No. 3. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division released its annual Top 20 list of consumer complaint categories today in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week. At the same time, Attorney General Rob McKenna acknowledged the division’s work in recovering $13 million for consumers through litigation, complaint mediation, and the Lemon Law program during the 2006-2006 fiscal year.
SEATTLE – Washington consumers filed 19,686 complaints with the Attorney General’s Office in 2007. Complaints about collections agencies climbed to the No. 2 spot, bumping retailers, who held that ranking since at least 2001, to No. 3. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division released its annual Top 20 list of consumer complaint categories today in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week. At the same time, Attorney General Rob McKenna acknowledged the division’s work in recovering $13 million for consumers through litigation, complaint mediation, and the Lemon Law program during the 2006-2006 fiscal year.
OLYMPIA…The Senate Consumer Protection and Housing Committee this week will hear two consumer protection bills supported or requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna. In addition, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing to listen to testimony on an eminent domain bill requested by McKenna.
SEATTLE – The manufacturer of Silkies hosiery will pay $455,000 to settle a case with Washington and 14 other states regarding the company’s marketing and sales practices, Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today.
SPOKANE— The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today filed six felony counts against a Spokane County woman claiming to have provided care services. 
OLYMPIA…Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that several of his legislative priorities have survived the Feb. 19 legislative cut-off for bills to pass from their house of origin.
OLYMPIA – The Legislature has scheduled public hearings for four measures requested or supported by Attorney General Rob McKenna on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Olympia – Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit several schools in Eastern Washington next week as part of the on-going schedule of school visits in his “Operation:  Allied Against Meth” campaign.
PASCO – Attorney General Rob McKenna invites the Latino community to attend a free town hall meeting on Friday, Feb. 22, in Pasco to learn more about the office’s work in identity theft, car sales, notarios and other consumer protection issues.
PASCO:  El Procurador del Estado de Washington, Rob McKenna, invita a la comunidad Latina a una reunión comunitaria el Viernes, 22 de Febrero, en Pasco, para informar a la gente sobre los esfuerzos de la Procuraduría con respeto a temas de Robo de Identidad, Compra de Autos, Notarios, y otros temas de protección al consumidor.
OLYMPIA – A company that deceived Washington businesses into purchasing labor law and safety posters is prohibited from mailing future advertisements that appear to originate from government-affiliated agencies, the Attorney General’s Office announced today.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington will receive nearly $1.7 million as part of a $41 million settlement between 29 states and Caremark Rx, LLC, one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits management companies.
OLYMPIA – As the Washington Legislature moves toward today’s committee cut-off, the bulk of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s priority bills remain alive and moving forward.
SEATTLE – CM Travel must refund individuals who answered an employment ad for travel agents but instead were offered opportunities as independent contractors. The Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement today with the Bellevue-based company and its owners, resolving allegations that they violated the state Consumer Protection Act.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna in conjunction with 48 other states, the District of Columbia and the federal government, today announced a settlement with Merck & Co., Inc. Merck is the manufacturer of the drugs Zocor, Vioxx, and Pepcid. The announcement resolves allegations that the company failed to pay rebates due state Medicaid Programs under the Federal Medicaid Drug Rebate statute. Washington will receive more than $7.4 million as part of two separate global settlements totaling $649 million.
OLYMPIA— An employee of a Pierce County nursing facility pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree theft, one count of second-degree theft and three counts of forgery.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that, as a result of outreach by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and himself, 32 other states have joined Washington and Maryland in signing an amicus brief in a significant case involving the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The brief, authored by General Gansler’s office, was filed this week in U.S. Supreme Court to support the commercial fishermen, seafood processors, Indian tribes, private landowners and businesses that depended on the pristine environment and fisheries of Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
OLYMPIA—The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today filed nine felony counts against a Clark County woman accused of falsely billing for services.
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office today announced a settlement in its case against three Oregon companies accused of using deceptive tactics to sell credit and debit card processing services to small businesses in Washington state.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and University of Washington economist Keith Leffler will gather public comments and discuss results from the first phase of the state’s ongoing investigation into gas prices on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Bellevue for the final scheduled stop on the “Gas Gauge” tour.
OLYMPIA…The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today issued an opinion in Costco Wholesale Corporation’s antitrust lawsuit challenging nine specific restraints on the sale and distribution of beer and wine in Washington.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that Washington will sign on to an amicus brief to support the commercial fishermen, seafood processors, tribes and others whose lives were impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

OLYMPIA – Five bills requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna are scheduled for public hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The bills would help keep cell phone numbers private, make it a crime to view child pornography, allow non-commissioned police personnel to assist in child pornography investigations, remove the limit on ethics board penalties and costs and protect consumers from spyware.
Attorney General Rob McKenna this week joined state and local attorneys across the nation in a letter urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to exercise its authority to protect the environment from greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.
SEATTLE – Washington auto dealers, beware. The Attorney General’s Office today announced its third settlement in recent months involving car advertisements and says it is seeing an increase in out-of-state firms marketing new and used cars for local dealerships who don’t understand state laws.
OLYMPIA – Two bills requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna that would protect Washington residents from mortgage foreclosure scams and make it easier to prosecute identity theft cases are scheduled for public hearings on Friday, Jan. 25.
The House Judiciary Committee will hear two government accountability bills tomorrow aimed at protecting landowners from losing their property to condemnation.

OLYMPIA – Four bills requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna to protect Washington consumers have bipartisan support and will be heard early this week by members of the state House of Representatives. “We’re asking for laws that would give prosecutors and victims new tools to fight identity theft, prevent homeowners facing foreclosure from falling prey to cons and allow the Attorney General’s Office to continue punishing spyware purveyors,” McKenna said.

OLYMPIA…Attorney General Rob McKenna is proud to announce the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) has presented Cheryl Handy with the Local Hero Award during a luncheon today in Tumwater.

OLYMPIA…The Attorney General’s Office filed an amicus,or friend of the court, briefyesterday in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Snohomish County PUD (PUD) in its dispute with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc (Morgan Stanley) over its 2001 power contract. 

OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that MySpace has agreed to take significant steps to better protect children on its Web site. McKenna joined attorneys general nationwide in signing an agreement with MySpace that creates an industry-wide task force to develop technology to verify the age and identity of users.
SPOKANE -- Attorney General McKenna, U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt and Spokane criminal justice officials will discuss counterfeit check scams now impacting our state and the Spokane area during a press conference Jan. 17 in Spokane.
Attorney General Rob McKenna and economist Keith Leffler will gather public comments and discuss results from the first phase of the state’s ongoing investigation into gas prices tomorrow night in Bellingham at the first of three stops on the “Gas Gauge” tour.
Attorney General Rob McKenna and state Department of Health Secretary Mary Selecky sent the following letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the sale and distribution of unproven and dangerous "energy medicine" devices:
Attorney General Rob McKenna today released his 2008 legislative agenda, incorporating the work of a myriad of task forces and work groups into a solid group of community safety, consumer protection and government accountability initiatives.
In an effort to defend Washington’s tough vehicle emissions standards law, Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced Washington state will join 14 other states in intervening in a California lawsuit filed earlier today.
SEATTLE – The official-looking postcard in your mailbox warns that your car’s warranty is about to expire and urges you to call a toll-free number to ensure you’re covered. But think twice before you dial. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division says these mailers are advertisements aimed at pressuring you into buying an expensive service contract.
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