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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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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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.
According to a story on WCNC, Charlotte, NC LA Weight Loss franchise owner Rick Rex has shed those unwanted customers and employees by abruptly closing his weight loss centers. Last Friday, all 10 Charlotte, NC area LA Weight Loss centers closed without notice.
Employees, some of whom had worked at LA Weight Loss for years, were given no notice, no severance and will be paid through the end of the week they worked.
Some LA weight Loss members have are owed thousands of dollars in products and services. The owner does not return calls, and the Better Business Bureau has been unable to track him down.
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, email@example.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
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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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