The state Attorney General’s Office, which in February sued the owners of the failed Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge, urged the gym’s customers Thursday to file a claim with the state Department of Justice’s consumer protection section.
State District Judge Tim Kelley has issued a judgment allowing the Attorney General’s Office to create a registry of adversely affected consumers and their losses. Consumers who wish to join the registry have until May 31 to file a claim by calling (225) 326-6400 or sending an email to PowerhouseClaim@ag.state.la.us. Affected consumers should be prepared to show documentation of financial losses.
Powerhouse Gym, formerly located at 2084 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., originally planned to open its doors to the public in January 2012. Owners Ronnie and Connie Olah began pre-signing and charging consumers for memberships in 2011, then repeatedly delayed the grand opening date, the Attorney General’s Office said. The Olahs were unable to complete construction on the planned gym by January 2013 and were evicted from the property.
Kelley has prohibited the Olahs from contracting or advertising new business in Louisiana without approval, debiting money from affected consumers, or taking actions that would negatively impact affected consumers.