Closed Weight-Loss Chain Sued

By C. M. Mortimer | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 25, 2008 | Go to article overview

Closed Weight-Loss Chain Sued


C. M. Mortimer, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


State Attorney General Tom Corbett on Thursday filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a national weight-loss chain and its owner, alleging deceptive business practices at the company that abruptly closed Jan. 4.

The lawsuit accuses Pure Weight Loss Inc., formerly known as L.A. Weight Loss Centers Inc., and company owner Vahan Karian, who goes by the name Vahan Karabajakian, of deceptive marketing and sales of long-term contracts for weight loss supplements, prepackaged food and weight loss counseling services.

Locations in the Pittsburgh area are at 513 Town Square Way, 1746 Washington Road and on McKnight Road. Other outlets are located in Greengate Centre, Westmoreland County, Butler, Erie, Johnstown, Monroeville, Washington and Whitehall.

The closings triggered more than 850 complaints from consumers who prepaid as much as $2,000 each for food products and services that went undelivered.

"Taking money from consumers for goods that cannot be delivered is a clear violation of Pennsylvania's Consumer Protection law. In this case, we believe Pure Weight Loss continued to sell long-term contracts to consumers even after it was clear, or should have been clear, that those contracts could not be satisfied," said Corbett in a statement.

Pure Weight Loss is headquartered in Horsham, Montgomery County. …

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