The Texas attorney general has advised Bally Total Fitness to send refunds to 1,000 customers it bombarded with false invoices, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The story doesn’t specify the total amount of the refunds, which vary depending on the amounts Bally billed various customers for money they didn’t owe. Between summer 2009 and March 2010, the attorney general says Bally sent bills labeled “past due,” threatening failure to pay would damage customers’ credit ratings.
A Bally spokesman tells the newspaper the company did nothing wrong but is just refunding the money in the settlement for the hell of it:
Although Bally denies all allegations made by the Texas Attorney General’s office, we have chosen to resolve this matter consensually in order to minimize the cost and disruption of litigation. Notably, our settlement does not involve any finding of any wrongdoing on the part of Bally, nor were any civil penalties imposed. We are pleased to put this matter behind us so that we can continue to focus on enhancing our member experience.
Nearly 1,000 Bally Total Fitness customers to get refunds [The Dallas Morning News]