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La. AG urges gym customers to file claim

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 5, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) -- Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell urged customers of a Baton Rouge gym on Thursday to film a claim with his Consumer Protection section if they were adversely affected by the facility.

Powerhouse Gym and its owners, Ronnie and Connie Olah, planned to open the facility to the public in January 2012. The Olahs began pre-signing and charging consumers for memberships in 2011 before delaying the grand opening date multiple times.

The Olahs failed to complete construction on the planned gym by January and were then evicted from the property.

A judgment was issued by 19th Judicial District Court Judge Tim Kelley allowing Caldwell's office to create a registry of adversely affected consumers and their losses.

Consumers must join the registry by May 31 and can do so by calling or e-mailing Caldwell's office and providing documentation of their financial losses.

In February, Caldwell's office filed a petition for injunctive relief and restitution against the Olahs, alleging violations of the Louisiana Physical Fitness Services Act and the Unfair Trade Practices Act.

A court granted the petition, which prohibited the Olahs from advertising or contracting new business in Louisiana without approval, taking actions that would negatively impact the affected consumers or debiting money from the impacted consumers.

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