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New York State Settles With 96 Health Club Operators


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached settlements with 96 health club operators who have agreed to modify their contracts and pay penalties and fines for violations of state law.

According to the AG’s office, investigators found widespread violations including failures to make required disclosures to customers and inclusion of unenforceable contract releases and liability waivers.

Schneiderman says January is the top month for joining health clubs, and consumers need to pay attention to what they sign.

New York law prohibits health club contracts costing more than $3,600 a year or lasting for longer than three years.

Also, all health club contracts can be cancelled within three days of signing and at any time if the club stops offering services listed in the contract or if the member has a doctor's order.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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