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Curves for Women Being Sued for More than $20 Million

(04/05/05) Six Plaintiffs from the U.S. and Canada are suing Gary Heavin, Curves founder and CEO, and Roger Schmidt, the company attorney. Plaintiffs allege that they quit their jobs, mortgaged their homes, maxed out their credit cards and slept in their cars to help Heavin launch Curves, but that Heavin never didn't fulfill on promises.

April 4, 2005 Waco, TX -- John F. Kennedy's phrase, " Success has a thousand fathers, but failure dies an orphan," is true in the health club industry. Plaintiffs allegedly contributing to the early success of Curves for Women now want their due and are suing for $20 Million.


"Unfortunately, when you become a company of our size, you become a target for frivolous lawsuits."
    -- Becky Frusher, Spokeswoman for Curves


    The plaintiffs are suing both Gary Heavin, Curves founder and CEO, and Roger Schmidt, the company attorney. In the lawsuit, they allege that they quit their jobs, mortgaged their homes, maxed out their credit cards and slept in their cars to help Heavin launch Curves, which has become the world's number one fitness center in terms of the number of clubs.

    For taking a risk and investing their own time and money, they claim that they were promised a share in the profits once the chain became a success. They claim they never received the originally agreed upon amounts.

    Becky Frusher, spokeswoman for Curves, said the lawsuit is baseless. "Unfortunately, when you become a company of our size, you become a target for frivolous lawsuits."

    The plaintiffs signed a different agreement with Heaven three years ago, but the discussions to resolve the dispute weren't successful, and it became necessary to go to court, said Richard Yeomans, the Austin attorney who represented the plaintiffs.

    Plaintiffs include San Hance, Don Buster and Robert Findley of Texas; Charles Cunningham of Tennessee; Cathy Reardon of Iowa; David Mesmer of New York; and Darrel Payne of Canada.

    Gary Heavin has enjoyed great financial success with the franchise business. Both he and his wife, Diane, have donated millions to charities and other causes, including $5 million in September 2003 to the Family Practice Center, McLennan County Texas Abstinence Project and the Care Net Pregnancy Center.

    About Curves

    Since the mid-1990s, Curves has grown to more than 8,400 franchises in all 50 states and 28 countries. One in every four fitness clubs in the United States is a Curves. By comparison, Gold's Gyms and Bally Total Fitness have about 1,000 facilities between them.


Gary Heavin
Gary Heavin, above, is a defendant in a $20 Million suit over not fulfilling early promises to business partners.

Related Stories:

(11/29/04) Curves' Gary Heavin Named Entrepreneur of The Year

(03/27/04) Gary Heavin of Curves Wins IHRSA "Visionary of Year" Award

(11/23/04) Curves Growth Marches On

(01/09/04) Curves, Jazzercise Tops Franchise 500 List

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Source: Associated Press

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by Francis E. Coats
Illegal contract, unconscionable practices
On January 12, 2004, my wife signed up for Curves in Yuba City, California, and attended once. Ten years later I discover they have been taking $29 from her checking account for 115 months. I California we have a Health Studio law, Civil Code section 1812.80 and following. The contract was for longer than the law allowed, for more money than the law allowed, and did not have the length of the terms displayed in 14-point font, so it is probably void, but we are getting shined on by the local franchisee. Does anyone out there have copies of Curves provided contracts for use in California, 2000 - 2013? fecoats@msn.com
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by Ellen
Complaints to Curves
Each Curves is individually owned and has an "Area Director" who is supposed to get these problems solved. Call Curves International in Waco, Texas (800) 848-1096 to lodge your complaint. They claim to be a "Christian" company but sometimes don't behave in that manner.Read your contracts. A year is a year...not two! Demand your refunds through the main office!!!
by YVONNE FLORES
HELP
I PURCHASED A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MY MOTHER AT THE CURVES IN RIVERSIDE, CALIF. SHE WENT TO CLAIM HER GIFT AND THEY ARE OUT OF BUSINESS. MY CREDIT CARD COMPANY NOW TELLS ME THAT I AM BEING RECHARGED THE AMOUNT BECAUSE CURVES REFUSED THEIR REQUES FOR A CREDIT. I HAVE TRIED TO CALL, LOCATE A NUMBER TO A MAIN OFFICE ANYTHING, HELP. ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN GIVE ME A NUMBER TO CALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS. YVONNE FLORES NIKOFLORES@MSN.COM
by bernadette lofgren
dishonest
I cancelled my membership in person and just found out they have been taking dues from my account illegally. they told me I never cancelled what can a person do to get thair money back I beleive when a contact is over they had no rights to draw money
by Cheryl Ball
Membership Dues
I recently found out that for the last 2 years the curves I joined for 1 year in 2006 has continued to take withdrawls from my checking account after the first year. The owner of the franchise said oh you had to notify me 30 days before your membership ends to cancel. Now you tell me. After reading several articles on the founder I now know that the entire company is dishonest. I wonder how many other people have continued to pay after their membership expired.
by 3 Curves Facilities
Everyone wants to sue now a days, it is ridiculous
"I managed a Curves (#34, I think, in the VERY early stages) and also owned 3 Curves facilities and worked for Corporate office opening stores. Some of those mentioned were not even involved with the company when it was starting off and havent a leg to stand on, Curves was not needing what the say even when I came in at the early stages. The only one that may is Findley. The others were sal
by Curves Owner
Gary Heaven is dishonest
I am an owner of a Curves. I believe that Gary Heaven is one of the most dishonest individuals that I have ever met. Curves owner's are talking, I believe there are many more lawsuits coming his way."
by Another Curves Owner
Gary is a Snake
I have been with curves since they had 300 clubs and believe me Gary is a snake and his true colors are showing now. I am having problems with my franchises from the home office and believe me I will sue if I have too.
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