For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kriss Bivens Cloyd
(208) 334-4119

Date: July 7, 2015

Companies Agree to Quit Doing Business in Idaho in Settlement with Attorney General

(Boise) – Idaho’s Attorney General has reached a settlement that requires two Oregon companies to cease doing business in Idaho.

A judge approved the agreement July 6, naming Liberty Publishers Service, Inc. and Orbital Publishing Group, Inc. Both companies operated under nine different business names, and, for years advertised magazine subscriptions to consumers in Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

Under settlement terms, the companies have agreed to end the practice of mailing renewal offers to subscribers who believed the high-priced offers were coming from magazine publishers. Complaints about the companies from consumers who believed they were misled date back several years, Wasden said.

“My Consumer Protection Division raised new issues with Liberty Publishers Service earlier this year,” Wasden said. “After we contacted the company, executives worked cooperatively with my office to remove itself and any associated entities from the Idaho marketplace.”

The companies are now prohibited from offering magazine or newspaper subscriptions in the state or collecting debts from the sale of magazine or newspaper subscriptions. The companies also agreed to pay $500 to the Attorney General to offset fees and investigative costs.

The nine separate business names operating under the bigger corporations include: Allied Publishers Services; Associated Publishers Network; Associated Publishers Services; Magazine Billing Network; Publishers Billing Association; Publishers Billing Exchange; Publishers Distribution Services; Publishers Periodical Services; Publishers Service Exchange; and United Publishers Services.

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