Attorney General Gansler Files Charges Against Operator of Maryland Karate Schools
MD ( Dec. 21, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has filed administrative charges against Taekwon, LLC, APlus Taekwon, LLC, and Matthew Roh for failing to register with the Division as required under Maryland's Health Club law. The charges allege that Taekwon, located at 3433 Fort Meade Road in Laurel, APlus, located at 12148 Skylark Road in Clarksburg, and owner Matthew Roh sold health club memberships without the required registration. In addition, the Division alleges that consumers paid Taekwon, APlus and Roh for summer camp services that were never provided.
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 an initiation fee of more than $200.
“Maryland's Health Club law is in place to ensure consumers' hard-earned money is protected,” said Attorney General Gansler. “Before committing to purchasing services, it is important for consumers to check that their health club is properly registered and bonded.”
The charges seek an order requiring the businesses and Roh to cease and desist from selling health club services in Maryland unless they have complied with the registration requirements, and to return all payments collected in violation of the Consumer Protection Act and Health Club law, including the payments made for summer camp. The Division is also seeking payment of civil penalties and costs.
A public hearing on the charges will be held at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road, in Hunt Valley, on January 4, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, consumers may 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 website also contains tips for consumers considering joining health clubs, weight loss centers or karate schools.