An Empty gym regarding the gym service fees class action lawsuit filed

A man claims that he and others continued to be charged gym service fees by Nautilus Plus, a chain of Quebec gyms, despite being unable to access the facilities due to coronavirus restrictions in a newly filed class action lawsuit.

Lead plaintiff, Enrico Gioiosa, says that he entered into a year-long contract with the gym in October of 2019, paying approximately $14 a month for access to Nautilus Plus facilities. Enrico says that he set up pre-authorized payments at that time.

In March, after the COVID-19 blossomed into a worldwide pandemic, the provincial government declared a State of Emergency and issued various decrees that effectively shut down Nautilus Plus gyms, notes the complaint. However, despite not having access to any gym facilities, the plaintiff says that he is still being charged monthly gym service fees. In addition, the plaintiff says that he and other members of the gym are being forced to change the terms of their contracts, extending them into the next year by Nautilus Plus.

The company’s website indicates that it is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. According to the gym service fees class action lawsuit, there are about 50 Nautilus Plus locations offering group lessons, personal training, and other services. The website offers workout and nutrition tips.

“Nautilus Plus takes on the mission of actively participating in the well-being of the population by doing everything possible to improve your health and quality of life. The promise of Nautilus Plus is to offer more,” states the website.

The plaintiff claims that the gym cannot fulfill these obligations under the current COVID-19 restrictions that do not allow members to access its facilities.

Enrico says that he has asked on numerous occasions for the fees to be stopped, but Nautilus Plus insists that it will simply extend the contract to cover additional months. The plaintiff says that other gym members have been forced into the same deal without the option to cancel the contract.

“Defendant is unilaterally modifying the terms of all its consumer contracts to extend same for an indeterminate period of time without written consent of its consumers,” alleges the gym service fees class action lawsuit. “In doing so, Defendant is effectively, inter alia, imposing a unilateral change upon its member clients and depriving them of their right to cancel their respective service contracts and also extending the term of said contracts beyond the maximal term provided for by law.”

The class action lawsuit argues that Nautilus Plus is in violation of Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act. The continued gym service fees allegedly violate Class Members’ right to cancel the contract and also forces them into a contract longer than they anticipated.Man looking upset at papers regarding the gym service fees class action lawsuit filed

“Defendant cannot reap the benefits of Petitioner’s Membership Fees, while suspending the performance of its correlative obligations under the guise of superior force, since same would equate to an unfair, unreasonable and illegal situation that would have its clients act as de facto financiers of its operations to the detriment of the latter persons,” states the gym service fees class action lawsuit.

The proposed service fees class action lawsuit claims that the plaintiff and other Class Members are currently being forced to pay for services they are not receiving due to the coronavirus shutdown.

The plaintiff seeks to represent those in Québec who had entered into a contract with Nautilus Plus before March 15, 2020 and who have been forced to continue to pay gym service fees and forced into a longer contract by the gym.

“Every Class member who was forced to pay Service/Membership Fees to Defendant did so under the reasonable expectation and expressed term that they would be doing so in consideration for the ability to use Defendant’s fitness studio equipment and other ancillary gym services, as per the terms of their respective Consumer Service Contracts; Defendant’s actions herein clearly demonstrate a failure in this regard,” contends the complaint.

In addition to repayment of gym service fees for the months Nautilus Plus has been closed, the proposed gym service fees class action lawsuit is also seeking punitive damages in the amount of $300 to each Class Member. The plaintiff is also seeking a court order that allows Class Members to cancel their contracts with Nautilus Plus.

Have you been charged gym service fees while your gym was closed due to the coronavirus outbreak? Tell us what happened to you in the comment section below!

The lead plaintiff and proposed Class Members are represented by Neil H. Stein and Nicholas Chine of Stein & Stein Inc.

The Gym Service Fees Class Action Lawsuit is Gioiosa v. Nautilus Plus Inc., Case No. 500-06-001074-208, in the Superior Court of Québec, District of Montreal, Canada.

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6 Comments

  • Vince October 14, 2020

    Hi, I’ve been charged ever since they shutdown. I would normally go 5 times a week to the gym and with boomerang points my membership cost would be pretty low. Now I am being charged full price and cannot even go which is not fair. Thanks

  • Pat Daigle September 28, 2020

    How to I sign up for the class action.

  • Kyle Taylor September 3, 2020

    I was informed by the legal team pursuing this class action that Quebec is an “opt out” jurisdiction for class action suits.

    So as long as you meet the requirements (you were a member before March 15) you will, by default, be included in the suit.

  • Pat Daigle August 21, 2020

    Nautilus is a joke not only did they take are money for 91 days when they reopened their sanitary procedures are bare minimum. They have one spray bottle to sanitize your hands at the front door the same solution used for machines which when you read the literature is not safe for the skin. Paper towels and sanitizer bottles at a bare minimum. Staff sits in the office not even aware if people are following procedures with regard to hand and . equipment . Masks are not unforced .
    I phoned customer service 10 days ago and of course was told they would look into it.guess what nothing has been done.t
    THIS TRULY IS A COMPANY NOT IN IT FOR THE SAFTEY OF IT’S CLIENTELE.

  • Gaby cesari August 13, 2020

    Still paying…😰

  • Alicia Bouchard July 5, 2020

    How do we join this class action? The same thing is happening to me and my husband. They won’t let us terminate our contract.

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