Idaho AG Wasden Files Suit Against Body Renew in Boise
BOISE (KTVB) -- Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has filed a lawsuit against Body Renew, a local fitness and tanning company that shut down last summer.
The suit accuses the company's owner Dakota Routh of failing to reimburse customers for memberships, training, tanning and other costs after all six gyms closed on July 9, 2014.
The consumer protection lawsuit is based on 54 consumer complaints filed with the Attorney General's Office against the company.
In an email to members, Routh promised refunds to members who were charged a maintenance fee after July 1, but consumers reported they did not get refunds.
"Too often my office receives complaints about a business that sells thousands of dollars of future services up until the date of its sudden closure, leaving consumers without their money or purchased services," Wasden said. "This type of business practice is not lawful. There is a right and a wrong way to go about business in this state, and Mr. Routh chose the wrong path."
So far, the AG estimates consumer losses at nearly $9,000, but that total could increase if more people file complaints.
The company operated three gyms in Boise and one in Meridian, Star and Garden City.
Consumers who believe they lost money to Body Renew Fitness & Tanning should complete a consumer complaint form and send it, along with documentation of the loss, to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. Complaint forms are available online at the Attorney General's website at www.ag.idaho.gov.