May 2, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERALS OFFICE REACHES AGREEMENT WITH COCKEYSVILLE SELF-DEFENSE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer
Protection Division has issued a Consent Order requiring self-defense
school Kenpo Academy, Inc., trading as Joe Palanzos Kenpo
Karate at 10534 York Road in Cockeysville, and its owner, James
Walsh, to pay penalties, costs and registration fees of $1,250,
post security with the Division to protect advance payments from
consumers, and register annually with the Division as required by
Marylands Health Club Services Law.
Order resolves allegations made by Currans office that Kenpo
Academy and James Walsh failed to register with the Division under
the Health Club Services Law and failed to post a surety bond or
other security with the Division while taking advance payments from
consumers. The Consent Order replaces a previous Order issued by
the Division and allows the Cockeysville facility to once again
take payments from customers and sign up new members.
settlement will ensure that consumers advance payments are
protected should this facility close," Curran said. Curran
said that the Health Club Services Law requires health clubs, self-defense
schools, and weight loss centers to register with the Consumer Protection
Division and, if the business collects more than three months
advance payment or charges an initiation fee that exceeds $200,
post security to protect consumers payments.
urged consumers to call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6350
before they join a health club, weight loss center or self-defense
school to see if it is properly registered and bonded. Consumers
can also get consumer advice about memberships in health clubs,
weight loss centers or self-defense schools on the Attorney Generals
Web site at www.oag.state.md.us/consumer/tip69.htm.