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New York Gym Chain Sued for Charging Fees Amid Virus Closure

  • Woman says refusing to honor cancellation is ‘height of greed’
  • Club runs almost 100 locations in N.Y., N.J. and Connecticut
A sign notifying facility closure hangs on a window of a New York Sport Club location in Hoboken, New Jersey on March 16. 

A sign notifying facility closure hangs on a window of a New York Sport Club location in Hoboken, New Jersey on March 16. 

Photographer: David Dee Delgado/Bloomberg
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A New York Sports Clubs customer claims in a lawsuit she’s still being charged membership fees even after facilities have been shuttered by the coronavirus.

The club’s owner, Town Sports International Inc., is making it “virtually impossible” to cancel memberships and refusing to honor cancellations, according to the complaint, which was filed as a class action. Mary Namorato, who said she joined the club in January 2019 for $69.99 a month, called these practices “the height of corporate greed” at a time when other gym chains have taken it upon themselves to suspend membership charges.