Bowdeya Tweh reports:
Former Urban Active Fitness members in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky could receive compensation as part of a lawsuit filed over the company’s sales, service and billing practices.
A federal judge in Columbus granted preliminary class-action status to a suit representing people who signed a gym membership or personal training contract between Jan. 1, 2006, and Oct. 26, 2012, with Global Fitness Holdings LLC.
At least 600,000 people could be eligible to participate in the settlement and receive between $5 and $75.
Ohio and Kentucky residents initially sued Global Fitness in 2011 claiming staff misrepresented terms of membership contracts, overcharged members’ bank accounts, and made it difficult for members to cancel their accounts.
“We’re just very pleased that we were able to reach a settlement, and the settlement provides a cash payment to class members,” said Thomas McCormick, partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP in Columbus.
Global Fitness denied wrongdoing in the lawsuit in court filings but agreed to settlement terms.
Urban Active Fitness was a subsidiary of Global Fitness Holdings LLC and had nine facilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, including a location in Mason. L.A. Fitness bought all Urban Active Fitness facilities last year.
Fore more information about the settlement and to file a claim, visit www.urbanactivelawsuit.com.