From the Attorney General’s Office Torts Division webpage (https://www.atg.wa.gov/torts):
“The primary legal service provided by the Torts Division is the resolution of damage claims against state agencies and employees. Many cases are resolved through successful pretrial motions, saving the state significant resources in research, discovery and investigations…”
While trying to dismiss actions through motions is an acceptable legal tactic, really what Ferguson is saying is, “We do everything we can to make lawsuits go away without bothering to look into the underlying allegations.” Is that the appropriate attitude for our attorney general?
That attitude is precisely how bad employees are retained and whistleblowers are mistreated. I would argue that the costs of retaining bad employees and turning a blind eye to fraud, waste, and corruption far outweigh the cost of investigating claims against the state.
This practice will end if I am elected.