Gansler demands registration from health clubs

John O'Brien May 30, 2008, 1:31pm


BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler wants four business owners to get the proper license before they can continue selling health club services.

His Consumer Protection Division issued orders Friday telling the businesses to get registered and imposing $3,000 penalties.

"Consumers who want to get in shape by joining a health club should also make sure their finances are in good shape by checking out the club first," Gansler said.

Businesses that sell health club services, like weight loss centers and self-defense schools, are legally required to register with the Consumer Protection Division's Health Club Registration Unit.

Those targeted by Gansler were: Montgomery Fitness for Life in Gaithersburg; Curves, owned by Sharria Abdul-Hakeem, in Baltimore; Curves, owned by Tina Lynn Edwards, in Silver Spring; and Git Fit, owned by Tammie Hancock, in Preston.

They have 30 days to start the registration process and pay the appropriate fee. They must also pay investigative and court costs to Gansler.

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