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LA WEIGHT LOSS: Scammed in Mooresville, NC

Another sad story of a couple scammed by LA Weight Loss.  They prepaid for 6 months and never received a thing, not their money back:

“In July of 2008, My husband and I joined La Weight Loss at the Mooresville,NC location. We joined knowing that we could not do it if we did not do it together. The next day I found out that I was pregnant. We went to the center and they told us that we had recieved a huge discount and if we ask for the refund and wanted to join again it would be 2-3 times more expensive. So we said that we would pay and do the program after the baby was born (which he was just born March 26). The told my husband to try the program without me and if it did not work (because we kept saying that one of us could not do the program without the other) then he could start again when I started. Well obviously it did not work and we were so excited to start the program May 1st just to find out that the center had closed and there is NO centers opened. The phone numbers on the websites had busy-like sounds when you call.

I never even got anything from them and never got any consultations…..I gave them my money and got NOTHING!!!! How do I get my money back. We did not have the Care card but did set up a 6 month payment plan which is already paid for. Can someone help….do i need to contact an attorney? Thank you for any suggestions. On top of needing this money bad since my husband and I are both out of work with a newborn and another child, I feel scammed.”

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LA Weight Loss to Pay Refunds to New York Members

Here’s the story posted on Fitness Business Pro:

ALBANY, NY — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced last week that LA Weight Loss Centers Inc. reached a settlement to pay $275,000 in refunds to thousands of New York state customers who paid for but never received services after LA Weight Loss closed its doors in January 2008.

Cuomo’s office has identified more than 100 customers so far who were affected by the closures.

“As more companies fall victim to the harsh economy, they still have an obligation to abide by the law and be forthright with their patrons,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Many New Yorkers who paid for and never received services from LA Weight Loss now have some vindication.”

In January 2008, LA Weight Loss Centers closed all of its 45 centers in New York state, then filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Philadelphia. Cuomo’s office had received several complaints from customers who did not receive a refund from the company or did not have the charges removed from their credit cards for advanced payments.

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LA Weight Loss Took Our Money, Then Closed

Comments and complaints are pouring in from LA Weight Loss customers who are finding themselves without their weight loss program, without the products they paid for, and without a way to get a refund. Vicki Carter wrote: “Hi i know how you all feel as well, i joined LAWL the beginning of oct 08 and then brought a friend with the bring a friend promotion, we were never told that the business was having problems, they took our money talked me into getting a visa card to pay for my bulk bars, and then announced they were closing the office in our area down and that we’d have to go to an office an hour away. then the next week we hear they’ve gone bankrupt, we filled out our refund papers as to date have not heard a damn thing from them… i too am tryoig to understand how a company that charges so much money and had so many offices could have gone bankrupt. i’m wondering if i’ll ever see my $300 odd again, i was lucky enough to have only had like 10 box’s of bulk left and went and got them very quickly…” Have you been burned by LA Weight Loss?  Share your story below.

LA Weight Loss Centers Close in Charlotte, NC

LA Weight Loss Centers in Charlotte, NC closed abruptly this week, leaving some customers owed hundreds of dollars.

According to the Charlotte Observer:

Tom Bartholomy, president of the Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont, said his office started receiving calls this morning about the closures. The owner of the Charlotte-area centers, which are operated as a franchise, could not immediately be reached.

This morning, a sign posted on the door of the LA Weight Loss Center on Baxter Street near uptown Charlotte read: “Due to the current economic conditions and the notice from our Franchisor that they are ceasing operations we have no choice but to close our Charlotte and surrounding area centers.”

It said the company would contact as many of its clients as possible “to deliver the products owed to you,” and left an email address, customerservice@laweightlossnc.com.

In a recent comment left here, Kelly Clark, who says she is a former employee, reports:

Update on LA Weight Loss NC Franchise The following centers will be closing effective 12/11/08.

Rock Hill, SC
Hickory, NC
Pineville, NC
Mooresville, NC
Gastonia, NC
University, NC
Uptown, NC
Huntersville, NC

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Closing Canadian L.A. Weight Loss Offering Members “LA on the Go” Phone Counseling

According to the Chronicle Herald, all the L.A. Weight Loss Atlantic Canadian franchise centers are closing Dec. 5, 2008.  Instead, they will offer a phone-counseling service called “LA on the Go” to their stranded members.  According to the Chronicle-Herald:

David Shneer, president and CEO of LAWL Maritimes Inc., said in an email Tuesday that the company, which operates LA Weight Loss Centres in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sydney, is changing its business model. “Over the weekend, we decided for two main reasons that we cannot continue to operate the centre-based business,” he said. “So we have informed our centres that we are going to close.”

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Mr. Shneer… said LA Weight Loss clients have the option of continuing with the company’s LA On the Go program or requesting a refund. The LA On the Go program was designed for clients who could not visit the centres, he said. “It provides them with weekly one-on-one counselling but just over the phone instead of in the centre,” he said. “They also still have the same access to optional products.”

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LA WEIGHT LOSS: More Wisconsin LA Weight Loss Centers Closing

The widespread closings of LA Weight Loss centers continue in Wisconsin, as elsewhere. The local Inches-A-Weigh franchise is offering a discount to LA Weight Loss members left stranded by the closings. According to the Appleton Post-Crescent:
“LA Weight Loss will close its two locations here next Wednesday. They are at 1005 Mutual Way in Grand Chute, near Wal-Mart and N474 Eisenhower Drive, Buchanan, near Regal Cinemas. Both opened in 2004. In a written statement, the company cited “economic conditions in our country at this time” as the reason for closure. The company will contact current clients and offer them phone counseling or a refund.

“Another women’s weight loss business, Inches-A-Weigh at 4774 Integrity Way, Grand Chute, will give a discount to anyone with unexpired LA Weight Loss contracts, said co-owner Dave Murphy.”

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Milwaukee, WI

L.A. Weight Loss is closing all of its Milwaukee, WI locations according to the WITI-TV Milwaukee:

“Another sign of the times – a national franchise is closing all six of its Milwaukee area locations. This time, it’s LA Weight Loss that’s tightening its belt, leaving a lot of unhappy customers.”

Other recent closings include:

LA Weight Loss Center Closing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Rochester, Minnesota

LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Portland, OR

LA Weight Loss Center Closes in Great Falls, MT

LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Raleigh, N.C.

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Raleigh, N.C.

L.A. Weight Loss just announced it’s closing in Raleigh, N.C., according to the News & Observer:

“The LA Weight Loss centers at 6675 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh and 163 SE Cary Parkway will close in mid-November.

“Company spokeswoman Jackie Zima said the closures were due to ‘economic conditions in our country at this time.’

“The centers are notifying members, she said. … In Durham Jenny Craig opened a new center at 8128 Renaissance Parkway.”

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Rochester, Minnesota

L.A. Weight Loss just announced its closing in Rochester, Minnesota center, according to the Post-bulletin:

“L.A. center to close

L.A. Weight Loss is trimming from its corporate waistline and that means Rochester’s center will close soon.

Current members will still receive the full program, the company said. “We are servicing out all of our clients. We’re not just closing our doors,” said spokeswoman Jackie Zima. “We’re there through the end of the year.”

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LA Weight Loss Center Closing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

L.A. Weight Loss just announced its closing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin center, according to a report on WQOW:

“L.A. Weight Loss just announced its closing in Eau Claire next Wednesday.

“When News 18 contacted the corporate offices, they sent us this statement: ‘We wish we could have stayed open after operating in the Eau Claire area for 4 years, but the economic conditions in our country at this time have forced us to close our centers.’

“Several members of L.A. Weight Loss contacted the station expressing their frustration. The members say it’s not just losing out on money they’re upset about.

“Members told News 18 they were looking forward to the extra support during the holiday season….”

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