Beshear Files Court Actions Against Two Fitness Centers

On Thursday, October 5, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that his office has filed court actions against two fitness centers in Kentucky for failing to properly register with his office and post a cash bond that protects members should a center go out of business. The fitness centers are American Health Center in Grayson and Fitness World in Raceland. Similar actions were filed by Beshear in 2016 against centers in Hodgenville, Louisville, Versailles and Frankfort. Decisions in those cases resulted in $4000 to the Commonwealth, with a $9,000 default judgment and one company agreeing to not operate a fitness center in Kentucky for 10 years. By Law, fitness centers or gyms, identified as “health spas” in the statute, are required to file an annual registration statement with the Attorney General’s Office, as well as post a bond if they require fees or pre-paid memberships. Beshear said the requirement for fitness centers to register with his office is critical to ensure they don’t collect long-term memberships, then close.

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