October 30, 2006
GENERAL’S OFFICE FILES CHARGES AGAINST
TWO HEALTH CLUBS
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his
Protection Division has filed administrative
charges against two health clubs for failing to register with the
Division under Maryland’s Health Club law. The businesses
are Muscle Hogger Health & Fitness, LLC of Brunswick and Sheritha
D. McKenzie T/A Bodies On Line of Baltimore. Although not registered
with the Division, each business has sold health club services
for a significant period of time.
Under Maryland law, health clubs, self-defense schools, and weight
loss centers are required to register prior to selling health club
services. The law also requires facilities to post a bond or other
security with the Division if they collect more than three months
of payment in advance from members or charge a initiation fee of
more than $200.00.
“Enforcement by my office of the registration and bonding
requirements helps to protect consumers in the event that the club
should go out of business before a consumer’s membership
expires,” said Curran.
The charges seek an order requiring the businesses to cease and
desist from selling health club services in Maryland unless they
have complied with the registration requirement and to pay civil
penalties, restitution and costs.
urges consumers to visit the Attorney General’s website
at www.oag.state.md.us/Heathclub/consumer or 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. The web site also contains tips for consumers
considering joining health clubs, weight loss centers or karate
A public hearing on charges will be held at the offices of the
Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Place, in Baltimore,
on November 17, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.