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Customers of health club that never opened to get restitution

Posted by Mitch Lipka  September 24, 2011 01:44 PM

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More than 100 people who paid to join a health club in Taunton that never opened are due refunds after a long wait, Attorney General Martha Coakley's office announced.

The owners of Fit ‘N Fitness and two workers have to pay $30,000 in restitution and penalties.

“In this case, consumers were deceived into paying money for services they never received and a membership that never existed,” Coakley said in a statement. “We are pleased that those responsible for taking this money have finally been ordered to return it back to consumers.”

The memberships were sold from September 2007 through September 2008, the state said in a lawsuit filed in 2009. Consumers pre-paid $99-$349 for their supposedly discounted memberships.

The judge also banned the defendants from selling health club memberships in the future.

Health club contracts have long been a difficult area for consumers. For more information about what to pay attention to when entering into a health club contract, check out this helpful page put together by the state.

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Mitch Lipka is one of America's leading consumer journalists and advocates. He is an expert in product safety, recalls, scams, and helping consumers get out of jams. He is a nationally known consumer columnist and runs TheConsumerChronicle.com. He lives in Worcester. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at ConsumerNews@Aol.com

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