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Gold-Mining Companies Fail to Persuade Court that Washington Attorney General’s Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Is Limited

Washington AG Bob Ferguson obtained a summary judgment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington against gold-mining companies Crown Resources Corporation and Kinross Gold U.S.A., Inc. (collectively “Mining Companies”) dismissing some of the Mining Companies’ defenses to allegations that they are responsible for years of water pollution from the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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Debt Collector to Return $477,000 to Washington Consumers in AG Settlement

Washington AG Bob Ferguson reached a settlement with Denver-based collection agency Machol & Johannes, LLC and its present and former owners (collectively “M&J”) to resolve allegations that the company engaged in unlawful debt collection practices in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and Collection Agency Act. The complaint alleged that M&J illegally operated a debt…

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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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