The owner of a former fitness company that operated six facilities across the Treasure Valley has been slapped with a lawsuit from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, who accuses the owner of failing to reimburse customers when he shuttered the business.
Body Renew, which had operated in the Treasure Valley since 2009, locked its doors July 9, with little-to-no-warning and a spokeswoman for the company said at the time that the business was "bleeding."
And today, the AG filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Body Renew and owner Dakota Routh. The AG's office registered 54 consumer complaints against the company. The lawsuit alleges that Routh closed his business after charging consumers for memberships, training, tanning and and other fees but didn't refund any monies.
“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,” said Wasden. “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.”
Routh operated three gyms in Boise, and one each in Meridian, Star and Garden City.