NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


April 25, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE ACCEPTING COMPLAINTS FROM MEMBERS OF TWO CLOSED HEALTH CLUBS

Consumers who owned memberships in two recently closed Montgomery County health clubs, Fitness for Women of Bethesda and Fitness for Women of Germantown, can file complaints with the Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. The Division is investigating the closings and may be able to assist consumers in recovering some of their membership fees or stopping the clubs from continuing to collect payments set up as automatic debits or transfers from bank accounts.

Consumers who want more information on the closings can call 410-576-6588, or send an e-mail with name, address and telephone number to consumer@oag.state.md.us. The Division will send the consumers a letter describing the actions being taken against the closed clubs, how to file a complaint against the club, and how to stop automatic payments.

Fitness for Women of Bethesda was located at 4825 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland, and Fitness for Women of Germantown was located at 12964 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, Maryland. Both closed April 12 without advance notice to their members.

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