AG Nessel files lawsuit against Lansing gym

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A Lansing fitness center has been hit with a class-action lawsuit by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Go Workout and its owner Steve Millenbach failed to provide an acceptable response to a Notice of Intended Action issued in early February.

“Mr. Millenbach has shown a consistent lack of regard for Michigan’s laws and the action we’re taking today should send a clear message we stand ready to protect his and all Michigan consumers,” Nessel said.

According to a statement from the attorney general’s office, more than 40 complaints against Go Workout Frandor have been received since 2018.

The complaints include misrepresenting contract lengths, benefits, and disclosing the Frandor location was closing. Additionally, Go Workout Frandor failed to provide refunds or deliver on benefits such as a women-only gym, fitness classes, sauna, showers, and locker rooms.

Nessel’s office says the women-only gym allegedly solicited memberships even as eviction proceedings were underway in August 2018.

The gym then relocated from the Frandor Shopping Center to a substantially smaller room in a nearby hotel, where customers are expected to share limited equipment and a pool with male and female hotel guests.

Refunds have not been made to customers who paid sign-up fees and advanced membership fees with the expectation they would have access to the now-closed Frandor gym.

The lawsuit filed today is hoping to get money back for consumers and includes a $25,000 fine.

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