The owners of a downtown boxing club have agreed to pay $10,000 in restitution, penalties and costs after allegedly making false and misleading statements about memberships.
The City Attorney's Office claims the club promised that memberships would be suspended or canceled if the member were deployed by the military away from San Diego.
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,” said the City Attorney's Office spokesperson Gina Coburn.
The club refused to stop billing them each month or refund the unused portion of their dues while they were deployed, according to the City Attorney's Office.
"My office is committed to safeguarding the rights of the military members of our community in their business dealings,” said San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.
Anyone who has a consumer complaint is encouraged to contact the Consumer Hotline at (619) 533-5600.