NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against Club Ventures Investments LLC,doing business as David Barton Gyms (DBG), and related entities that own and operate four David Barton Gyms in New York City.
to the lawsuit, DBG closed without warning consumers or staff and the company
failed to provide refunds to consumers that had prepaid for services. More than
5,000 consumers allegedly prepaid for services, paying hundreds if not
thousands of dollars for future services. One consumer complained to the
Attorney General’s Office that he had paid in in excess of $15,000 for services
“As alleged in our complaint, David Barton Gyms acted
irresponsibly and left their members without any recourse to recover lost
payments, causing some to lose thousands of dollars,” Schneiderman said. “Health clubs must own up to their
responsibilities to their members. They
cannot be open one day and closed the next without proper notice to their
membership, and must provide refunds for services not provided.”
the case for New York are assistant attorney general Herbert Israel, special assistant
attorney general Stephen Mindell, deputy bureau chief Laura J. Levine and bureau chief Jane M. Azia, all of the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau.
Also assisting was executive deputy attorney general for economic justice
Manisha M. Sheth.