Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) December 11, 2016
Starting today, Pacific Medical Training is offering assistance to students affected by a recent court judgment.
November 30, 2016, the US District Court of Arizona ordered a judgment of $8,550,840 against Stepping Stonez Development, LLC, Intentional Growth, LLC, and their successors and assigns, and Stephen J. Remley, and any other name by which he may be known. This is in response to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint earlier this year. The court found that the defendants “participated in deceptive acts and practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45, in connection with the marketing and sale of academic degrees and certification programs.”
In February 2016, the FTC stated that filings in both this and another case “point to numerous consumers who sought to use the diplomas they received from the defendants to get jobs, apply for college and even join the military, only to find out that their diplomas were not recognized.”
The court ordered that the defendants are permanently restrained from selling academic degree or certification programs, among other things. Now, anyone having taken courses from the defendants may find that their credentials hold no value to employers.
In court filings, several websites were identified as being used by the defendant. Anyone receiving certification from the sites listed below may be affected:
The defendants used the following merchant names (the name that shows up on your credit card statement) to conduct business:
American Certification Specialists
American Health Training
American Urgent Care
Critical Response Cert
Critical Training Specialists
Intentional Growth, LLC
Medical Assistance Test
Medical Assistance Testing
National Emergency Assistance
National Online Health
National Online Medical
North American Health
North American Urgent
Online Assistance Development
Practical Emergency Training
Response Services Training
Stepping Stonez Development, LLC
United Medical Training
PMT offers free courses to students affected by this judgment.
Starting today, Pacific Medical Training (PMT) is offering to enroll students in its courses, free of charge, anyone affected by this judgment. Pacific Medical Training teaches ACLS, BLS, and PALS medical courses. PMT also provides job preparation courses for medical scribes, pharmacy technicians, and more. PMT is hoping to make long term relationships with these new customers.
If you purchased one of the courses affected by the judgment, please email proof of purchase to Rob Garza at robert(at)pacificmedicaltraining(dot)com to take advantage of this offer. This offer is valid until March 31, 2017.
- http://www.pacificmedicaltraining.com -- Pacific Medical Training’s corporate and sales homepage.
- https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/02/ftc-brings-two-actions-against-operators-online-high-schools -- February 10, 2016 FTC press release noting the original complaint and pointing to consumers whose diplomas were not recognized.
- https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/160224steppingstonezstip.pdf -- February 24, 2016, court documents detailing websites used by the defendant and ordering them to be shut down.
- Federal Trade Commission v. Stepping Stonez Development LLC, et al. United States District Court for the District of Arizona. 2016. 2:16-cv-00351-DJH.