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Members of closed Pa. fitness club entitled to refunds

March 28, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Members of a Chambersburg fitness club that closed last November have until May 25 to seek refunds of prepaid membership fees.

John A. Norton, the owner of Revolution Health and Fitness at 2605 Philadelphia Ave., has been barred from owning or operating a health club in Pennsylvania under an agreement reached with Attorney General Tom Corbett's office, according to a press release from Corbett.

"In the end, consumers had a prepaid membership at a gym that no longer existed," Corbett said in the release.

Norton could not be reached for comment Monday.

Filed in Franklin County Court, the agreement, known as an assurance of voluntary compliance, stipulates that Norton will refund membership fees and pay $3,000 in fines and costs, according to the release.

More than $4,000 in restitution has been secured for club members who filed complaints, according to the release.

Those members were not notified of the club's closing, according to the attorney general's office.

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The Pennsylvania Health Club Act requires that clubs register with the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection, which the release said Revolution Health and Fitness failed to do.

"The alleged illegal business practices in this case disregarded the very precautions that were designed to protect consumers," Corbett said in the release.

Members of the club who wish to seek restitution may obtain a complaint form by calling 1-800-441-2555 or going to www.attorneygeneral.gov.

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