Lengthy gym terms were 'unfair' says judge
Membership contracts at 700 gyms were unfair because they tied in customers for between one and three years, the High Court has ruled.
Ashbourne Management Services Ltd drew up membership agreements and collected payments from about 300,000 customers of small gyms in the UK.
It demanded immediate payment of the full sum - often many hundreds of pounds - for the whole minimum period if people left after a few months.
"This ruling should help traders to understand where the boundaries lie, and sends a warning that if they cross the line, the OFT and local trading standards services can take action."
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