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$200K Settlement LA/Pure Weight Loss - Class Action Suit (Oregon)

From my understanding, this was an effective program. My aunt lost 60lbs under the "Pure Weight Loss" brand from a center here in central OH - (no longer in business). Unfortunately, due to the economy, competitive industry, and [damaging] scam/fraud reports of misled and "bait & switch" pricing ... many of these centers have had to shut down - leaving some participants who pre-paid ... out in the cold ... short $ome moulah ... and unsuspecting employees out of a job.

Well, if you are an Oregon resident, who was not rendered due services, b/c of the closing of centers ... you are prompted to contact the attorney appointed for funds disbursement (pursuant to the article below). It is said that similar Attorney General-fused claims (in PA, NV, TN, OH, OK, AL) are pending in other states for appropriate retribution.

Unofficial Response/Apology: Former L.A. Weight Loss NV Employee (click to enlarge)

Oregon's StatesmanJournal.com Article Source

May 5, 2009: "Settlement of a state lawsuit against LA Weight Loss will provide $200,000 for refunds to Oregonians who bought services and products from the now-defunct diet-center chain, Attorney General John Kroger said Monday.

Consumers who think they are owed refunds should contact the attorney general's office, Kroger said in a news release Monday. Kroger's office has sole discretion in determining which consumers are eligible for refunds, along with repayment amounts, court documents say.

"But since we're waiting until July 31, 2009, when all of the consumer requests for refunds come in, we can't say how much anyone will get and what they get refunds for," said Tony Green, Kroger's spokesman.

Under the settlement, LA Weight Loss and its former Oregon franchise owner will pay additional refunds directly to about 100 Oregonians for prepaid time left on consumer contracts when their diet centers closed. The refunds are expected to range from $149 to $299 for each person, Green said.
The settlement agreement, filed Monday in Marion County Circuit Court, resolves a 2007 state lawsuit against LA Weight Loss Franchise Co., a Pennsylvania-based company, and its former Oregon franchisee, NWM Inc. of Lake Oswego. The suit alleged that LA Weight Loss and NWM misled consumers about the costs, fees, products and benefits of the weight-loss program. The state received 295 complaints about LA Weight Loss centers before the chain stopped operating in Oregon, according to the attorney general's office.

NWM went out of business two months after the state filed suit in July 2007. By December 2008, all LA Weight Loss centers in Oregon had closed. Settlement of the state's lawsuit against LA Weight Loss "shall not be considered an admission of liability or violation," and the company denies allegations of wrongdoing, court papers say."