No commitment health club memberships are great for consumers in the new information-age economy where relocating for work or school has become more and more common. But what happens when you try to cancel that supposed no commitment health club membership?
Well, first, you may discover that ‘no commitment’ or ‘no contract’ doesn’t always mean ‘no cancellation fees’ in practice.
Some health clubs will try to charge a cancellation fee, require that a form be filed in person at your home gym / club or some other method that makes it more difficult or impossible to cancel your health club membership (especially if you’ve moved out of state or across the world). How can a health club charge a fee to cancel a no commitment membership?
In many cases, the answer may be simple: they can’t, and it’s a deceptive business practice or breach of the membership agreement. But in all cases it depends first on the specific language of the agreement and then, quite possibly, the language of the advertising, commercials, handouts, promotional materials, website etc. A health club cannot simply advertise that its memberships are ‘no commitment’ or ‘no contract’ and then charge a fee to cancel even if the agreement states that a cancellation fee will be assessed upon cancellation of the membership.
Disputes over health club membership contracts are quite common. However, most people don’t think the money lost or cancellation fee paid justifies retaining an attorney to fight it. But class action lawsuits are designed, in part, to resolve this dilemma. First, if the health club is doing it to you, chances are they’re doing it to everyone else too. So there are likely enough people impacted by the deceptive conduct to justify class action status. Second, class action lawsuits are contingency fee cases – which means that you pay nothing – not a dime – unless and until your attorney recovers funds for you and/or the class as a whole. As a class representative or ‘named plaintiff’ you can also often recover much more than your actual damages.
If you have encountered a situation where you were charged a cancellation fee to cancel your health club membership, were required to submit a form in person at your home gym despite having moved to a distant location (and that caused you to be charged additional months of membership fees) or if the health club took other steps to make cancelling your membership difficult or impossible (and that also caused you to be charged additional months of membership fees) please do not hesitate to contact us at The Jacobs Law LLC.
One of our attorneys would be happy to review your health club agreement as well as any emails, letters, promotional materials or other documents you may have so that we may determine whether or not you have a case that we would be interested in pursuing. You can click here for our contact information or email us at CLASSACTION@THEJACOBSLAW.COM and one of our attorneys will respond as soon as possible.