AG Gansler Encourages Members of Shuttered Montgomery Co. Martial Arts Facility to Submit Refund Claim
Consumers can also get help stopping club from collecting automatic debit or transfer payments
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 12, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today advised consumers who purchased memberships to a recently closed Montgomery County martial arts facility that they can file a refund claim with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. Chung's Martial Arts was operated by Duke Chung at 744 Cloverly Street and 15440 New Hampshire Avenue, both in Silver Spring. The clubs closed in December 2012 and January 2013, respectively, without advance notice to members. The Division may be able to assist consumers in recovering some of their membership fees and can provide information about how to stop the club from continuing to collect payments set up as automatic debits or transfers from bank accounts.
"This is the exact reason why Maryland law requires health clubs to obtain security," said Attorney General Gansler. “It gives consumers a safety net to ensure they won’t be paying for services they don’t receive when a facility closes its doors without warning.”
Consumers who believe they are entitled to a refund should send a copy of their membership agreement and proof of payment to: Chung's Martial Arts Claims, c/o Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Place, 25th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Consumers who want more information on the facility's closing or instructions for filing a complaint and discontinuing debit payments should call 410-576-6350, or send an email with their name, address and telephone number to email@example.com.
Maryland's Health Club Law requires health clubs, self-defense schools and weight loss centers to register with the Consumer Protection Division. Clubs like Chung's, which collect more than three months' payment in advance or an initiation fee of more than $200, must also provide the Division with a bond or letter of credit to protect consumers’ advance payments. Chung's was registered with a bond.