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Urban Active Fitness Chain Could Pay Out $19M in Class Action

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The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
November 2, 2013 Saturday
BUSINESS; Pg. 4D
212 words
Lawsuit; Urban Active class action settled;
Tim Feran, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

A class-action lawsuit involving fitness chain Urban Active and its members has been settled after more than two years of litigation and months of negotiation, according to a filing in federal court in Columbus.

The lawsuit alleged problems with sales, servicing and billing practices.

More than 606,000 former members are eligible for the settlement, and the total settlement could exceed $19 million. Urban Active owner Global Fitness Holdings continues to deny any wrongdoing but has agreed to the terms of the settlement.

Among the individual payments due to former members: Those who signed a contract with Urban Active are eligible for a $5 payment; those who paid a $15 facility improvement fee or maintenance fee will get $20; those who canceled a gym membership contract will get $20; those who canceled a personal-training contract will receive $30.

A notice on how to file a claim was mailed to members this week. Additional information and claim forms are available at www.urbanactivelawsuit.com.

A hearing on the settlement is scheduled for February.

A year ago, Kentucky-based Urban Active was bought by California-based LA Fitness. Urban Active had 36 locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

tferan@dispatch.com

November 2, 2013

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