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LA Weight Loss Emails Infuriate Member

“I live in Saint John, NB. When they told me that the center was closing they gave us all an email address to contact. When we contact the email address this is what we got in response:

” Dear Chelsey

Thank you for your note.

We are sorry that our Centre closing has caused you some inconvenience and concern.

We acknowledge receiving your request for a refund. Please note, that should you wish to continue on the L A Weight Loss program, you can do so by taking advantage of our “LA-On-the-Go” program. This program will provide you with weekly one-on-one counselling over the phone and access to our optional products. LA-On-the-Go was designed for clients who could not attend the Centres on a regular basis. Should you wish to reconsider, then kindly contact laonthego@lawlmaritimes.ca or call 902-830-7076.

We are now in the process of getting all the client files from the Centre. As the Centre is closing on Dec. 5, we anticipate receiving the files by no later than Dec. 15. Upon receipt of the files we can then look into your request and establish, what amount, if anything, is owing. In the interim, we ask you to please be patient as we do our best to attend to these issues as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your understanding while we go through this process.

Yours truly,

Customer Service”

Then when I replied again on January 5 and asked when I could expect my refund this is the response that I received:

“We take this opportunity to inform you that LAWL Maritimes Inc., the company that operated the Centre you attended, has been put into receivership by the secured creditors of the Company.

Unfortunately as a result of the receivership, the Company no longer has any capital and is unable to provide any refund. We are sorry but we are unable to process your request.

Customer Service”

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LA WEIGHT LOSS: Owner Blames Franchisor for Closing

“A local weight loss centre has closed its doors without warning, stranding clients who are now wondering if they will ever get their money back.

LA Weight Loss, located in the Dorwin Plaza on Dougall Avenue, was closed Tuesday, informing clients in a note taped to the front door that it will not be reopening.

“Our franchisor has informed us that they are closing their business,” the note read. “That means that we are unable to buy product from our franchisor or get any of the other support … in order to operate our centres.

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“The note also wishes LA Weight Loss clients ‘all the best’ in their efforts to shed unwanted pounds…

“‘I am very upset,’ said Windsor resident Lynn Long, who joined LA Weight Loss in August, forking over $700 for a year of diet and weight-loss ‘coaching.’

“‘I figure I’m out about $400,’ Long said. ‘And I don’t think I’m going to get it back.’

“The note on the door didn’t include any phone numbers to call or information about membership refunds. Long said she has been trying to reach someone through the United States-based LA Weight Loss Centers’ customer service line, with no luck.

“‘I kept getting the message that their mailbox is full,’ Long said.

“According to a customer service representative reached late Tuesday afternoon, the Dougall Avenue centre is owned by an independent franchisor, Michael Schneer.”

Excerpt Source:  The Windsor Star

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LA WEIGHT LOSS: All Ottawa Locations Close Abruptly

“All four LA Weight Loss centres in Ottawa abruptly shut down on Monday, apparently without warning to customers or employees.

“According to media reports, local employees weren’t aware of the closures until they arrived at work this week. Customers looking for a refund were encouraged to call LA Weight Loss’s customer service line.

“However, OBJ‘s call to that number was directed to a full voice mailbox. The diet program’s website still lists the Ottawa locations as active.

“The franchise, operating under the name LA Weight Loss Franchise Co., has shuttered a number of locations this past month, including all nine in Atlantic Canada and all 10 in Charlotte, N.C….”

Excerpt Source:  Ottawa Business Journal

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L.A. Weight Loss Atlantic Canadian Franchises to Close

According to the CBC News, all the L.A. Weight Loss Atlantic Canadian franchises will be closing Dec. 5, 2008.

There are a total of nine L.A. Weight Loss franchises in Atlantic Canada, and all will be closing their doors for good on Dec. 5, putting about 40 people out of work.  According to the report:

“Franchise owner David Shneer told CBC News Tuesday that things have been tough for a while, but the ongoing global economic crisis has made it impossible to stay in business.

“He added that many consumers do not think weight loss is a necessity when times are tough.

“Clients who enrolled for longer-range programs can obtain refunds, he said.

“Pennsylvania-based L.A. Weight Loss has seen other franchises close over the past month, including operations in Oregon, Montana and Wisconsin.”

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LA WEIGHT LOSS: Adding Insult to Injury in Columbia, TN

Kandi was a new member of the LA Weight Loss center in Columbia, TN. She claims that she not only suffered the injury of having the center close abruptly 2 weeks after she joined, she also had the added insult of her refund check being cancelled.
Writes Kandi:

The Columbia, TN site closed as well. I was only a member for 2 weeks when they closed. I complianed enough that they refunded me a portion…. then they CANCELLED THE CHECK!!!!!! LA Weightloss is a horrible company and I hope they all close.

Allie writes:

I was a client at the New Bern Store up until Feb when I had to leave for Maturnity. The Center closed shortly after… I was then told to correspond with the Jacksonville store, which I did stating that I wanted a refund. They told me that it was processed and that it would take anywhere form 30 to 90 days. It has now gone pass the 90 day mark. The Jacksonville store is closed and Corp LA Weight loss claims that they are not responsible for these centers because they didn’t receive any funds from them. I Want my money! What Am I suppose to do? Are there any other people out there that are trying to get some direct answers?

Beth Lee writes:

I was also a client at LA Weight Loss and probably like others I had paid all my money up front. I paid for a year supply of LA Bars that I guess I wil never get. The total of these bars was $1,000 for a year which was quite pricey. I was wondering who I could contact to get help? Thanks

We wish we had better answers for you. Stay tuned… we are trying to get some answers. If you have any insights, please leave a comment below.

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