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Rapid Results Diet System, LA To Your Door, LA Weight Loss, BUYERS BEWARE, DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY AND DAMN SURE DON’T PAY FOR ANYTHING UP FRONT OR PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION…

Jennifer writes “I just received a pamphlet in the mail this weekend for their new Rapid Results Diet System and the pamphlet states “Until now, the program and products were only available at LA Weight Loss Ceters but now they are available online and brought to you by a NEW COMPANY: LA TO YOUR DOOR.” This REALLY PISSES ME OFF!

“My mother and I both became members of L.A. Weight Loss/Pure Weight Loss and were pursuaded to pay for the entire program up front in July 2007 to the tune of about $1,820.00. Then, they closed their doors in January 2008, but our counselor was able to assist us with filling out documentaiton for a refund from the company, which totalled right around $1,400.00. When I found out they were filing Chapter 7, I contacted the United States Bankruptcy Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania and completed documentation needed to become a party to that action. As of this date, I have been corresponding with the trustee and was advised that he anticipated a distribution of funds in 2010; however, as of this date, I have not heard anything futher from him.

“The case number is 08-10315(JKF), which should be accessable on-line. As Charmaine stated earlier: BUYERS BEWARE, DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY AND DAMN SURE DON’T PAY FOR ANYTHING UP FRONT OR PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION SO THEY CAN CHARGE IT ON A MONTHLY BASIS!!!”

Charmaine writes:

“I just got the postcard in the mail, too. Now I am upset. I filed suit with the PA attorney general and got a letter saying there was nothing I could do, I am out over $500 owed to me for products. I contacted the PA attorney general via e-mail today asking how this can happen. Meanwhile, I was so disgusted, I threw out all the original paperwork. Somebody should contact 60 minutes and refer this story to THEM so nobody buys this crap ever again. I suggest mass emailings AND phone calls to the PA attorney general and to attorney generals in other states if you got your previous items there. And the center I was a member of did not notify consumers they were going out of business, so when I found out from a fellow member, I ran down there, but they were out of everything. I see they are also offering new franchises. BUYERS BEWARE!!!! DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY!!!!”

Steven Ferguson:

“I just got the postcard many of you have mentioned and I am furious as well!

”I am owed quite a few LA lites from the abrupt closing of Pure Weight loss.

“It is true those bars are the best – but the ripped off customers should get the supply they never got free from this “new” company. Everything looks very close to the old LA Weight Loss! They have to be the same people.

“The PA attorney general should not allow this to happen without compensating the clients of the bankrupt company which has now re-opened!

“Has any one approached the PA AttorneyGeneral about this ?

“I hope we can get something back – either $$ or product!”

LA Lites, LA Weight Loss ripoff, LA To Your Door Scam, Horsham PA, Do not trust them

LA Weight Loss customers who were cheated out of thousands of dollars in prepaid services and products are infuriated by the reemergence of LA Weight Loss of Horsham, PA and their LA To Your Door program.

Rita J. Wilson writes:

“It is the exact same executive staff, they just changed the name of the parent company. Christy McKenna was in charge of Operations of the company when it had centers and she now is running this division. I would not trust them with my credit card information!”

BB writes:

“Well I used to work for them… I got the same postcard. Yes the company basically closed there doors and some of the employees from there…. started the LA to your door thing. Its still based out of Horsham but in a different location. They do still have the rights to the name and all. Its the same food and everything just they dont have the centers with counselors anymore just if you were interested in getting the product still they have it available. Its a shame what happened! I feel”

Kelly writes:

“OMG this is absolutely ridiculous. I just got this postcard in the mail–meanwhile I am still waiting for the $560 they still owe to me. This is nuts.”

Bernadin, N. writes:

“What a rip off !!! The place closed up with out a word and I am out 86 boxes of LA lites. Forget it on buying more, once Ripped off is enough!!!”

AG writes:

“OMG is right! I’m owed money as well after the centers near me closed with no warning. They tried to sell me on “LA On the Go” which I declined so they told me I needed to fax paperwork in to get a refund – numerous tries with no response and then the number was disconnected. Now I received a postcard in the mail to sign up for “LA To Your Door” – is there nothing we can do?”

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LA Weight Loss to Refund Members $200,000


The Oregon Attorney General has issued the following press release:

The Defunct Diet Center Chain and Oregon Franchise Agree to Pay $200,000.

Attorney General John Kroger announced a settlement that will provide up to $200,000 for Oregon consumers who bought services and products from a now-defunct diet center chain.

“Misleading Oregon consumers is not acceptable,” said Attorney General Kroger.

Consumers who believe they are due refunds from LA Weight Loss should contact the Attorney General’s hot line: 877-877-9392 or fill out a refund form on the Oregon Department of Justice’s website: http://www.doj.state.or.us/releases/pdf/lawl.pdf

A 2007 lawsuit by The Oregon Department of Justice alleged that LA Weight Loss and its Oregon franchise owner made false and misleading claims about the program’s costs and fees. The state received 295 complaints about LA Weight Loss centers in Oregon.

The lawsuit named LA Weight Loss Franchise Company, a Pennsylvania-based company, and NWM, Inc., a Lake Oswego-based company.

NWM went out of business two months after DOJ filed suit.

By December 2008, all LA Weight Loss centers in Oregon had closed.

Today, DOJ filed in Marion County Circuit Court a $200,000 settlement with LA Weight Loss Franchise Company and LATO, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of LA Weight Loss Franchise Company. Under the settlement, the companies will also pay additional refunds directly to approximately 100 Oregonians for pre-paid amounts that were unused at the time their center closed in Oregon.

Earlier this year, DOJ reached a settlement with NWM.

Assistant Attorney General Eva H. Novick handled the case with assistance from Senior Assistant Attorneys General Greg Smith and Tim Nord.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department’s mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Documents:

Stipulated Partial General Judgement

LA Weight Loss Assurance of Voluntary Compliance

LA WEIGHT LOSS Employees Admit They Deceived Members

As LA Weight Loss centers close abruptly throughout the US and Canada, we receive stories from LA Weight Loss employees attesting to the fact that many of the weight loss facilities continued to sell long-term programs right up until the day before they are closing.

la1thumbSome employees admit to knowing in advance, others claim their franchise owners did not tell them that the center would be closing and that their members would be left stranded with neither their money nor the promised products and services they paid for.

On the post LA WEIGHT LOSS: Employee Alleges Unethical Closing Practices Jessica wrote:

“I was a sales Counselor for LA weight loss who then changed their name to Pure Weight loss. I loved to working with the clients and I really believed in the program. What made me extremely upset was when I found out tuesday morning that by the next week I would no longer have a job. The night before, I sold an A package for 1300 dollars. I had no idea that they would be closing the door. It really bothered me that they never told me and let us sell product like that!!! What makes it worse is that the headquarters was located in PA and people knew me around town. The corporation does not have to run into clients who want a refund, I do and I do not even have the information so that I can help them. I still run into clients who do not have their refund and it has been close to 2 years!!”

On the post La Weight Loss ex-employee warns of closings. Don’t prepay! Charlotte, NC  wrote:

I worked at LAWL in Charlotte are NC. I was let go for caring too much about the clients. I got inside word that our stores were closing down and though I did not tell the clients (tho I wish I would have) I did tell them to get all of their products because so many were closing down and I wanted them to be safe. When our District Mgr heard of this she let me go and held a big meeting for all the centers in north and south Carolinas assuring them that I was bitter and full of lies, that in fact they were growing and would not be closing…….6 weeks later low and behold all my friends went to work to find the locks changed and notes on the doors. Worst place I’ve ever worked, all the upper management got EXACTLY what they deserved, my heart goes out to all the clients though, good luck.

On the post LA Weight Loss Charlotte Franchisee Sheds Unwanted Members, Employees Desi Alexander* wrote

Hi there, when I heard of this terribly tragic end to LA Weightloss of Charlotte, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for both sides of the complaints. Both the employees & the clients. I was the manager of the Rock Hill, SC location for 6 months. We were trained to steal peoples money by the owner of the company, [name withheld]. I made Mr. [name withheld] so much money by taking the money of people I knew would likely not complete the program. Mr. [name withheld] often gave cash rewards to those managers who could get the most money off of people…

It was so bad, that clients gave clothes to one of my staff member who couldn’t even afford to clothe her child. Meanwhile, the center was earning over $30,000 per week. The company’s success rate at the time I was employed there was less than 10%. I came upon clients that were robbed out of weeks, food and essential tools so that they could meet their plans because of the owner.

* The identity of this commenter has been questioned by another commenter.

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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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Pure Weight Loss to Pay $700,000 to Former Members

Here is the press release issued by the office of PA Attorney General Tom Corbett December 12, 2008:

Attorney General Corbett announces $700,000 consumer protection agreement with Pure Weight Loss Inc.
HARRISBURG – Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced a more than $700,000 consumer protection agreement with Pennsylvania-based Pure Weight Loss Inc. addressing more than 3,500 complaints involving non-delivery of weight loss products or services to consumers from Pennsylvania and several other states.

Corbett said a consent decree has been reached with Pure Weight Loss, Inc., of Horsham, PA (formerly known as L.A. Weight Loss Centers, Inc.), along with the company’s owner and president, Vahan Karian.

Corbett said the agreement requires the payment of $500,000 to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, for distribution to consumers who pre-paid for products and services that were not delivered and who filed valid complaints with the Attorney General’s Health Care Section.

Additionally, the agreement sets aside $200,000 in a secure fund, which will be used to provide restitution to consumers who filed claims in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court case involving Pure Weight Loss. Corbett said this money will be turned over to the Bankruptcy Trustee for distribution to consumers who have filed proofs of claim with the bankruptcy court.

Corbett explained that the Attorney General’s Health Care Section began receiving complaints about Pure Weight Loss in December 2007, shortly after the company announced plans to close more than 400 weight loss centers across the country. The company halted operations on January 4th, 2008, and filed for bankruptcy shortly after that, leaving thousands of consumers without access to weight loss products and services that they had pre-purchased.

Corbett said that the majority of the consumers who contacted the Attorney General’s Office had purchased contracts lasting a year or more, paying as much as $2,000 for “lite bars” and other food items that were never delivered. Following the closure announcement in December 2007, consumers were instructed by Pure Weight Loss to pick up products from their stores prior to January 4, 2008, or file a claim for refunds – but many consumers failed to receive either refunds or the products and services they had purchased.

Corbett said that in addition to the $700,000 payment from Karian and Pure Weight Loss to fund consumer restitution, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General is also working with authorities from the states of New York and Maryland to recover additional funds for consumers from those states.

Both New York and Maryland require weight loss centers to post security bonds intended to protect consumers against losses, and all complaints involving consumers from those states will be turned over to authorities in New York and Maryland as claims against those security bonds – allowing the remaining funds to be distributed to consumers from Pennsylvania and other states.

Corbett said that efforts are underway to verify all the consumer claims that have been filed with the Attorney General’s Health Care Section. Bank and credit card records are also being obtained to determine the exact amount of credit card charge-backs, stop-payment orders or partial refunds that may already have been paid to some consumers. Corbett said the final distribution amount for each consumer will be calculated when the review of that financial information is complete.

It is anticipated that partial refund distribution will begin in early 2009 for eligible consumers who have already filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Health Care Section.

Refund distribution for consumers who filed proofs of claim with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will take place at the conclusion of the bankruptcy case involving Pure Weight Loss.

The consent agreement was filed in Commonwealth Court, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by Deputy Attorney General Timothy E. Gates of the Attorney General’s Health Care Section.

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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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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