SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A downtown San Diego boxing club was ordered to pay $10,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging its owners made false and misleading statements about memberships.
The statements included promises that memberships in City Boxing would be suspended or canceled if the member were deployed in the military away from San Diego, according to the City Attorney's Office.
The complaint also alleged that the fitness club failed to have provisions in its contract that are required of every health club in California, giving the member five days from the date he/she signs the contract, to cancel it for any reason.
Three members of the U.S. Navy complained to the City Attorney's Office that they had signed contracts with City Boxing with the understanding that they could either freeze the membership or cancel it if they were deployed.
When they were deployed, the health club refused to stop billing them each month or refund the unused portion of their dues, according to the complaint.
As part of the settlement signed Tuesday by Judge Albert Harutunian III, the owners of City Boxing were ordered to pay restitution totaling $2,089 and penalties and costs totaling $7,911.
Under the terms of the judgment, former or current customers of City Boxing who cancel or rescind in the future or who have canceled or rescinded their health club memberships within the past four years are in compliance with state law. Requests for a refund can be made to the San Diego City Attorney's Office at (619) 533-5600.
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