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.
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.