Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a lawsuit last week against a fitness club company for failing to reimburse members after closing its six clubs in July.
The Attorney General's Office said it received 54 complaints filed against Body Renew Fitness & Tanning. The lawsuit, filed in Ada County (ID) District Court, claims the company and its owner, Dakota Routh, failed to reimburse members for their membership, training, tanning and other fees after the clubs closed on July 9. Body Renew Fitness & Tanning had six clubs in the Treasure Valley area, including three in Boise.
According to Wasden's office, Routh told members in an email that they would be refunded a maintenance fee after July 1, but members claim they have not received refunds. About $9,000 in member losses have been reported so far, but that number could increase if more members file complaints.
"Too often, my office receives complaints about a business that sells thousands of dollars of future services up until the date of its sudden closure, leaving consumers without their money or purchased services," Wasden said in a statement. "This type of business practice is not lawful. There is a right and a wrong way to go about business in this state, and Mr. Routh chose the wrong path."
The lawsuit also alleges that Routh tried to collect unsubstantiated debts from members, a violation of Idaho's Consumer Protection Act.