Members of Defunct Health Club to Get Comparable Benefits at New Facility


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 13, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with an Annapolis health club that will allow former members of a now defunct club to transfer their membership contracts to a new club at a comparable cost.

When Annapolis Health & Fitness of 2000A Industrial Drive closed in April 1998, the Consumer Protection Division alleged that its successor, the Premier Health & Fitness club at 2006 Industrial Drive, was obligated to honor Annapolis Health & Fitness contracts. However, instead of honoring the contracts, the new club required members to pay higher dues than they had paid previously.

This settlement allows former Annapolis Fitness members to join Premier for dues comparable to those they paid at Annapolis Fitness. Those former Annapolis Fitness members who already joined Premier are eligible for a reduction in dues and will receive a refund for any initiation fees they may have paid to Premier. The Division will also determine whether Annapolis Fitness owes any further refunds to consumers for services that were paid for but never received.

"This settlement minimizes the cost to members and maintains the integrity of their original contracts," said Attorney General Curran. "It's only fair that the old members get the same benefit they originally bargained for and paid for."

Consumers who are eligible for the reduced-price membership offers or refunds from Premier under this settlement will be notified by Premier and given an opportunity to submit claims to the Division within 90 days of when they receive that notice. Anyone who does not receive a letter explaining the terms of the agreement but believes they may be eligible for the membership offers or refunds may obtain a claim form at the Premier facility or from the Division at: Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General, Attn: Edgewater Fitness Claim Forms, 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Consumers who have any questions about this offer or the claims program may contact the Consumer Protection Division at (410) 576-6350.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357