Progressive Business Publications

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Case Status:
Pending
Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. American Future Systems, Inc., a corporation, also d/b/a Progressive Business Publications, Progressive Business Publications, Inc., and Center for Education & Employment Law; Progressive Business Publications of New Jersey, Inc., a corporation, also d/b/a Progressive Business Publications, Progressive Business Publications, Inc., and Center for Education & Employment Law; International Credit Recovery, Inc., also d/b/a ICR; Edward M. Satell, individually and as an officer of American Future Systems, Inc.; Richard Diorio Jr., individually and as an officer of International Credit Recovery, Inc.; and Cynthia Powell, individually and as a manager of International Credit Recovery, Inc.; Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number:

172 3085

Civil Action Number:

2:20-cv-02266

Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Federal Court:
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Case Summary

In May 2020, the FTC sued the operators of a Pennsylvania-based telemarketing scheme, alleging that they charged organizations such as businesses, schools, fire and police departments, and non-profits for books and newsletter subscriptions they never ordered. The agency’s complaint also names the defendants behind a New York-based debt collection operation, alleging that they illegally threatened the organizations if they failed to pay for the unordered merchandise.