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Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced an agreement with Understanding Seniors Financial and its owners. The agreement ends an investigation into whether the company unlawfully provided legal advice to senior citizens and made misleading statements in order to sell estate planning products.
A bipartisan group of state representatives will sponsor the House of Representatives’ version of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s request legislation to protect by law a reporter’s confidential sources.
OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced settlements with operators of LA Weight Loss diet centers in Washington. The settlements resolve allegations that LA Weight Loss misrepresented program costs to get consumers to enroll, then pushed the sale of protein bars and supplements after they had signed a contract.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna supported an important Washington State Supreme Court decision upholding an order to commit a convicted sex predator whose victims included children and a developmentally delayed woman.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington’s Medicaid program will receive $3 million from a multi-state settlement with the manufacturer of the AIDS drug Serostim.
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a consent decree requiring the divestiture of the Loews Meridian 16 movie theater in downtown Seattle after the merger of the Loews and AMC theater chains is completed.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today encouraged Washington residents to support local charities, but also cautioned them to check into exactly where their contributions are going before making a donation.
“This was a tragic accident that shattered Paula Joyce’s family. Everyone involved in this case feels enormous sympathy for the Joyce family and we’re all relieved that finally, eight years after the accident, we’ve reached an agreement that will bring resolution to the litigation.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna and Labor and Industries Director Gary Weeks warned consumers today to be on the lookout for private companies mailing notices that threaten businesses with up to $17,000 in fines, lawsuits and audits for not displaying labor law posters.
SEATTLE – The state of Washington has negotiated a new lease that will save taxpayers $12.6 million and move the Attorney General’s Seattle office to a new downtown location.
SPOKANE & SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers to be wary of two apparently separate scams in Eastern and Western Washington.
Vancouver, WA – More than 40 AARP Fraud Fighters lit up the phone lines today as part of a “Reverse Boiler Room,” dialing hundreds of seniors in Portland and Vancouver.
SEATTLE – A California marketing firm today was ordered to pay $3 million in civil penalties and $375,000 restitution to the Seattle School District for sending junk e-mails. Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the U.S. District Court order against AvTech Direct, which came as a result of Washington’s first lawsuit under the federal anti-spam act.
SEATTLE – Consumers who purchased additional tire warranties within the past two years from a Firestone Tire & Service Center in Washington may be eligible for a refund. Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with Firestone Tire & Service Centers, resolving allegations that the company sold road hazard warranties with its tires without informing consumers that the warranties were optional.
Attorney General Rob McKenna will visit Spokane Friday, Dec. 2, to present a $15,000 grant to Providence Cancer Center and to promote a public service program to discourage under-aged drinking.
OLYMPIA - A bipartisan group of legislators will sponsor Attorney General Rob McKenna's request legislation to create a reporter shield law in Washington this session.
SEATTLE – Businesses can learn how to better meet the challenges of corporate social responsibility this Thursday during the Responsible Corporate Leadership in Washington State conference in Seattle.
OLYMPIA – After several weeks of intensive review, Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced his draft model rules for public disclosure are now available for public comment.
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that he is asking Hollywood's major motion picture studios to insert anti-smoking public service announcements in all DVDs and videos in which smoking is depicted.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced several new events as part of his "Operation: Allied Against Meth" campaign.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a multi-state agreement with Western Union Financial Services in which the company will increase its efforts to warn consumers about wire transfer scams.
OLYMPIA—The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit today filed charges in Cowlitz County Superior Court against a Cowlitz County man accused of billing the state Department of Social and Health Services for 17 months of services he did not provide.
OLYMPIA - Members of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s “Operation Allied Against Meth” task force signed the committee’s final report today at the third and last meeting of the group in Olympia.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna is joining forces with Nickelodeon and The Century Council to help parents and their children start the conversation about the dangers of underage drinking.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna‘s “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force will hold its final meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Senate Rules Room at the state Capitol.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with Eagle Healthcare, resolving allegations that the company failed to provide timely refunds to former residents and families of deceased patients. The Bothell-based company operates long-term care facilities throughout Washington.
OLYMPIA – Consistent with his support for a federal reporter shield law, Attorney General Rob McKenna plans to request a state reporter shield measure in the 2006 legislative session.
OLYMPIA – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office today filed testimony with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission objecting to a proposed rate increase by PacifiCorp.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna and Lead On America will bring the “Operation: Allied Against Meth” tour to Spokane on Thursday.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna convened Washington’s first statewide summit to address identity theft on Wednesday in SeaTac, bringing together nearly 300 leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss how to tackle what has become the fastest-growing crime in the United States.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with Thesaurus Fine Arts, an Asian antiquities dealer that sold merchandise over eBay and in a downtown Seattle store.
Attorney General Rob McKenna will present Cancer Lifeline with a check for $24,182 to benefit cancer patients.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – An individual care giver in Grays Harbor County pled guilty today to one count of Theft in the First Degree for collecting from the state-federal medical assistance program more than $6,700 in payments for care she never provided.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna‘s “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force will hold its second meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Senate Rules Room at the state Capitol.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the hiring of a new computer forensics investigator to help fight high-tech fraud schemes including identity theft.
“Today the Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s decision in Joyce v. Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) and ordered a new trial because errors in the jury instructions misstated the law and denied the people of Washington a fair trial.
TACOMA—The Attorney General’s Financial Crimes Unit Wednesday charged a Lakewood loan officer with stealing $900 in fees from his clients.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the promotion of Assistant Attorney General Paige Dietrich to division chief for the Labor and Personnel Division of the Office of the Attorney General.
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office today filed expert testimony with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission that gives consent to a proposed merger of Verizon Communications and MCI – but only if conditions are placed on the companies to help ensure consumers are not adversely affected.
SPOKANE – The Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana today warned consumers to be wary of callers who either offer coupons or claim you have won a gift certificate from a local business, then ask for personal bank account information.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced two Supreme Court victories for the Attorney General’s Office and the citizens of Washington state.
TACOMA– Two people were arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court today on fraud and identity theft-related charges filed by the Attorney General’s Office.
OLYMPIA –Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced updates to his series of Open Government Forums, including:
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today said that while the Attorney General’s Office has not seen any activity by Washington gasoline suppliers or retailers that would warrant taking legal action, his office will assist with a national inquiry into the causes of escalating gas prices.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna said it’s too soon to tell how Washington will be impacted by the damage Hurricane Katrina caused to Gulf refineries, but warned drivers that the state has a limited ability to regulate gasoline prices.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today encouraged Washington residents to support disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina but also cautioned them to be on the lookout for charity scams, including bogus solicitations by e-mail and phone.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that up to $14.9 million is available to fund programs that educate the public about drug marketing techniques. The grant money is part of a multi-state settlement with the makers of Neurontin, a prescription epilepsy drug.
SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office today recommended the state Utilities and Transportation Commission reject a request by Avista to increase revenues by nearly $23 million by raising energy rates for its Eastern Washington customers.
SEATTLE - A $1.52 billion multi-state settlement with Enron became official today when attorneys on both sides signed the agreement. Attorney General Rob McKenna first announced the settlement last month. It resolves some of the claims of market manipulation and price gouging stemming from the energy shortage of 2000-2001.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington will receive $3.5 million as part of a multi-state settlement with Reliant Energy Services.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced an agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc. under which the nation’s largest seller of tobacco products will implement new procedures to reduce such sales to minors at its 209 Washington stores as well as at 4,707 outlets in 33 other states and Washington D.C.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today commended Microsoft for its successful settlement with self-proclaimed “Spam King” Scott Richter and for the company’s dedication to Internet safety.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna‘s “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force will hold its first meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Senate Rules Room at the state Capitol.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna warned consumers today to be wary of phone calls and e-mails from con artists who – piggybacking on recent security breach reports – pretend to be from the fraud department of a bank or credit card company.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna today named the members of his “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force, a team of experts who will be charged with evaluating and recommending tools to address Washington’s methamphetamine epidemic.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement regarding developments today in the security breach at CardSystems Solutions, Inc.:
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the hiring of two attorneys to fight high-tech fraud, identity theft and other scams targeting consumers.
OLYMPIA –Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement in regards to a request from states that CardSystems Solutions provide information about its security breach:
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna just gave counties statewide two more weapons in the fight against meth. Today he announced the hiring of two new prosecutors to help resource-starved counties prosecute meth crimes.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna will headline a series of Open Government Forums, sponsored by a number of major daily newspapers across the state, in an effort to increase citizen involvement in government and to gather input for model rules on public disclosure.
SEATTLE – As stories about identity theft and privacy issues continue to dominate headlines, Attorney General Rob McKenna is working to educate Washington residents, businesses and law enforcement about new legislation that aims to prevent identity theft and protect consumers.
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced the selection of Joseph Shorin, III as the new division chief for the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division of the Office of the Attorney General.
SEATTLE – Washington residents who paid high prices for a popular heart medication will share nearly $403,000 in refunds from an antitrust case settlement, Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today. The state began mailing checks today to 1,127 consumers.
OLYMPIA—Attorney General Rob McKenna today released the following statement regarding a U.S. District Court judge’s decision to strike down Washington’s voter-approved “top two” primary as unconstitutional:
SEATTLE – As new legislation goes into effect this month requiring Washington retailers to inform consumers about video game ratings, Attorney General Rob McKenna and State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D-Seattle, are warning consumers about the availability of violent and sexually explicit content.
SEATTLE -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a $1.52 billion multistate settlement with Enron to resolve some of the claims of market manipulation and price gouging stemming from the energy shortage of 2000-2001.
OLYMPIA – The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) today sent a letter to the Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel for CardSystems Solutions, Inc., demanding the company inform all consumers affected by its recent security breach.
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London, Connecticut, in which the Court held that taking for "economic rejuvenation" satisfies the “public benefit” requirement in the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause in the U.S. Constitution.
BIG SKY, Mont. – Attorney General Rob McKenna will lead two top-level sessions focusing cybercrime and homeland security at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) 2005 Summer Meeting this week.
SEATTLE – Concerned about the recently reported security breach at CardSystems, Inc., Attorney General Rob McKenna is requesting that the company provide information about affected Washington consumers.
SPOKANE – Attorney General Rob McKenna warned consumers today to be wary of callers who claim you have won a gift certificate from a local business, and then ask for personal account information to withdraw a fee.
RENTON – More than 140 South King County residents today joined a growing force of Washington seniors determined to fight back against consumer fraud.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna filed a motion in U.S. District court today to intervene in the legal challenge against Initiative 872 on behalf of the Attorney General and the Secretary of State.
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced new division chiefs for the Ecology and Transportation and Public Construction (TPC) divisions of the Office of the Attorney General.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today joined attorneys general across the country in an amicus curiae—or friend-of-the-court—brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a qualified reporter’s privilege to refuse to disclose confidential news sources.
SEATTLE – At least eight Washington state small businesses and nonprofits that lost phone and Internet services when their telecommunications provider, NorVergence, Inc., went bankrupt last year will not have to pay the full amount due on their rental contracts, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office announced today.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and other leaders in Washington’s legal community will hold a media availability on Friday, July 22, 2005, to comment on the nomination and confirmation process of Judge John Roberts, Jr. for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and how his nomination could impact Washington state.
SEATTLE -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a new statewide anti-methamphetamine program that will assist local communities in fighting the production and sale of meth.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna will announce a comprehensive new statewide strategy to help local communities fight the production and sale of meth at a news conference next Tuesday morning in downtown Seattle.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna strongly encourages citizens to attend this year’s Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Ceremony.
SEATTLE -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with Cross Country Bank and Applied Card Systems that concludes an investigation into alleged deceptive credit practices.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today called the Legislature’s support of his requests to strengthen the Public Disclosure Act, curb methamphetamine production and improve consumer protection “three big wins for the citizens of Washington.”
Olympia – Lawmakers have taken an important step to ensuring open public access to government records, according to Attorney General Rob McKenna.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement with six Everett- and Seattle-based companies that concludes an investigation into alleged deceptive estate planning sales tactics that targeted senior citizens.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna and Labor &Industries Acting Director Judy Schurke warned consumers today to be on the lookout for The Washington Labor Law Poster Service that is sending out direct mail notices threatening businesses with $7,000 fines and state investigations for not having labor law posters displayed on the premises.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna and Attorneys General from 49 other states submitted a joint letter to Congress yesterday to express concern about drastic cuts of more than $1.2 billion from the Federal Crime Victims Fund that is used to provide direct assistance to victims of violent crimes.
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that he and the Attorneys General of 46 other states plus the District of Columbia have reached an agreement with Blockbuster Inc., to settle allegations that the company misled consumers in the advertising of its “No Late Fee” program.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that veteran Seattle attorney John Gose has been hired to fill a new position created to advise the Office of Attorney General on civil litigation.
SEATTLE – Thousands of consumers from Washington and 49 other states who used the antidepressant drug Remeron may be entitled to reimbursements from drug maker Organon USA Inc. and its parent company Akzo Nobel N.V., Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today.
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement today regarding the cases involving the Voters Education Committee and Public Disclosure Commission pending in the King County Superior Court:
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna said today he was pleased Senate Bill 5735, the Public Disclosure Act legislation he requested, was approved by the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee, despite his concern about an amendment added by the committee.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today filed a lawsuit against a California-based marketer of Internet directory listings after more than 75 Washington businesses and organizations complained about the company's deceptive marketing practices.
SEATTLE -- Several service providers in Washington are now offering Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service. This new service allows consumers access to voice services using their Internet Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connection, and no longer needs a dedicated telephone line to make phone calls. Many plans also provide long distance service at no charge.
SEATTLE -- The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has received complaints against a firm selling magnetic mattress pads in Washington, Greentree Health Systems, of Lebanon, Ohio.
SEATTLE -- Billing complaints for on-line advertising that was never ordered have flooded the Seattle Consumer Resource Center (CRC) of the Washington Attorney General’s office in the last two weeks.
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today he has appointed Susan Harris as the Executive Director of the Executive Ethics Board.
Olympia - Attorney General Rob McKenna testified today before the House State Government Operations and Accountability Committee urging lawmakers to support legislation that would increase the public's access to public records.
OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today filed suit against a Canadian seafood supplier and its officers for allegedly conspiring with a convicted poacher to steal more than 65 tons of geoduck from South Puget Sound.
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced he has appointed Sr. Assistant Attorney General Maureen Hart as the new Solicitor General.
SEATTLE -- Introducing Esuvee-- a new national mascot to promote Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) safety, particularly among young adult drivers. Washington joins 49 other states and three jurisdictions in announcing Esuvee's drive to educate consumers on SUV safety messages.
January 25, 2005 > Energy Settlement Checks Mailed
SEATTLE -- Checks totaling over $10 million will begin to go out this week to electric utilities in Washington that raised rates during the western states' energy crisis of 2000-2001. Those utilities will in turn issue bill credits or refunds to their commercial and industrial customers in the near future.
SEATTLE -- The Washington Attorney General's office has settled with the operators of Alyon Technologies, a New Jersey-based Internet billing service which allegedly charged consumers for adult web material they never intended to purchase. Parties to the settlement also include the company's president, Stephane Touboul, and its Georgia affiliate, Telcollect.
TACOMA -- Hundreds of Washington consumers who purchased used cars after June 1, 1997 may be eligible for refunds as the result of a multi-state settlement with State Farm Mutual Insurance Company.
SEATTLE – While citizens are encouraged to consider giving generously to tsunami-relief efforts, the Attorney General’s Office today advised doing some research to make sure the relief money is going to organizations that will use the donations effectively.
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