How to Cancel a Movement Prepaid Membership

We are not asking Movement members to cancel their memberships just yet, but if you are one of the many who have reached out because you can’t afford the membership or you only have the membership for yoga and fitness, then this post is for you.

Monthly Memberships

Cancelling a monthly membership is easy. There’s no contract.

Go to movementgyms.com/account and fill out the information to cancel your membership.

Prepaid (Annual, 6-month) Memberships

Prepaid memberships (annual, 6-month) have the contract clause:

“All prepaid membership dues are non-refundable & non-transferrable, except as required by state consumer law.”

The State of Illinois has a Physical Fitness Service Act that states in Section 10: “Misrepresentation of the quality, benefits or nature of services is prohibited.”

Mentioning this Act should allow you to cancel your prepaid membership, as Movement is advertising a robust fitness and yoga schedule in Chicago when they are no longer offered, which constitutes misrepresentation.

This will likely only work at the Chicago locations because of this misrepresentation of services.

All other states that have Movement gyms in them have similar consumer protections. Because unlimited yoga and fitness classes are advertised as offered at all Movement locations, and members may visit all Movement locations as part of their membership benefits, it is likely you can cancel prepaid memberships for as long as yoga and fitness are not running in Chicago, as that constitutes misrepresentation of services.

Below are the specific civil codes and acts you can cite if/when you need to cancel a prepaid membership for this pledge to cancel.

California

California Civil Code section 1770 (a)(5) and (a)(7) prohibit representing goods or services that have characteristics or benefits they do not and that are of a particular standard, quality or grade when they are not.

Because membership benefits include taking unlimited yoga and fitness classes at any Movement Gyms, you will likely be able to cancel your prepaid membership while classes are not running in the Chicago locations.

Colarado

Colorado Code 6-1-105 prohibits unfair or deceptive trade practices.

(1)(e) says “Either knowingly or recklessly makes a false representation as to the characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, alterations, or quantities of goods, food, services, or property”

(1)(g) “Represents that goods, food, services, or property are of a particular standard, quality, or grade, or that goods are of a particular style or model, if he knows or should know that they are of another”

Maryland

The Maryland Commercial Law Title 13-301

(5) Advertisement or offer of consumer goods, consumer realty, or consumer services:

(i) Without intent to sell, lease, or rent them as advertised or offered; or

(ii) With intent not to supply reasonably expected public demand, unless the advertisement or offer discloses a limitation of quantity or other qualifying condition;

(9) Deception, fraud, false pretense, false premise, misrepresentation, or knowing concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact with the intent that a consumer rely on the same in connection with:

(i) The promotion or sale of any consumer goods, consumer realty, or consumer service;

13-303 “A person may not engage in any unfair, abusive, or deceptive trade practice”

Oregon

Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act prohibits “misrepresenting the characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, quantities, or qualities of real estate, goods, or services”

New York

False Advertising Law: New York Penal Law Article 190.20

False advertising is a class A misdemeanor in the state of New York and defines false advertising as when a person, “with intent to promote the sale or to increase the consumption of property or services, he makes or causes to be made a false or misleading statement in any advertisement..”

Texas

Texas Business and Commerce Code Title 2-17 Deceptive Trade Practices

Section 17.12 (a) No person may disseminate a statement he knows materially misrepresents the cost or character of tangible personal property, a security, service, or anything he may offer

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law Article 201

201-2 (4) defines unfair or deceptive acts or practices and includes “(vii) Representing that goods or services are of a particular standard, quality or grade, or that goods are of a particular style or model, if they are of another”, and these are prohibited.

Canceling Your Prepaid Membership

The cancellation process is the same as monthly memberships.

Go to movementgyms.com/account and fill out the information. Select “Other” and say that you wish to cancel your prepaid membership, which is allowed given your state’s (see above) law. Include the actual law name for your state as well as the article and section numbers; otherwise, Movement probably won’t let you cancel.

Again, we are not asking members to cancel their memberships just yet unless it is in their best financial and moral interests to do so.

We’ll keep you updated regarding the status of the petition and our demands here, through email, and through social media.

Let us know if you have any issues with this!

And keep organizing with us!

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