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Washington Increases Penalties for Consumer Protection Act Violations

The Washington Legislature passed the Consumer Protection Improvement Act, a bill requested by Washington AG Bob Ferguson, which will increase civil penalties for Consumer Protection Act violations. The bill raises the maximum civil penalty from $2,000 to $7,500 per violation, and increases the maximum civil penalty for antitrust violations from $500,000 to $900,000 per violation.…

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Janitorial Service Company Accused of Duping Immigrants into Unconscionable Franchise Agreements

Washington AG Bob Ferguson sued janitorial services company National Maintenance Contractors , LLC and related entities (collectively “NMC”) over allegations that it used deceptive and misleading tactics to market its franchises in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act, and Franchise Investment Protection Act.

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Boston Scientific Agrees to Pay $188.6 Million in Multistate Surgical Mesh Settlement

A bipartisan group of 48 AGs, led by former California AG Xavier Becerra and Washington AG Bob Ferguson, reached a settlement with Boston Scientific Corporation to resolve allegations that it falsely and deceptively marketed its surgical mesh products for women in violation of the settling jurisdictions’ consumer protection laws. The states’ complaints alleged that Boston…

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Ticket Agency to Fully Refund Consumers and Event Organizers for Pandemic-Related Cancellations

Washington AG Bob Ferguson reached a settlement with ticket management company Brown Paper Tickets, LLC to resolve allegations that it failed to pay event organizers for held events and to issue refunds to consumers for cancelled events in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.

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Google Sued over Alleged Failure to Keep Track of Campaign Ad Spending on Its Advertising Networks

Washington AG Bob Ferguson sued Google, Inc. over allegations that it failed to maintain appropriate records of political advertising revenues in violation of Washington’s campaign disclosure laws. The complaint alleges that Google failed to retain and make available to the public legally mandated information, including the cost of advertisements, and the names of the persons…

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