Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced consumer protection lawsuits against two gyms that continue to operate in violation of Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation.
Both business owners have received multiple warnings that, by continuing to operate, they were endangering public health. In addition, they are engaging in an unfair business practice while their competitors remain closed. Consequently, the Attorney General says the gyms are gaining an unfair advantage over their competitors who are complying with the proclamation, which violates the Consumer Protection Act.
The business owners of Northwest Fitness Company in Puyallup and Power Alley Fitness in Arlington received multiple warnings about remaining open. On Friday, both businesses received cease and desist letters as final warnings to stop operating within 48 hours or face a lawsuit.
Ferguson has given both businesses one final opportunity to avoid monetary penalties. The Attorney General’s Office attached a cover letter to the two lawsuits filed in Pierce County Superior Court and Snohomish County Superior Court. The letter informs both businesses that the state will not seek monetary penalties if the businesses close within 24 hours.
If the businesses refuse to close, the state will seek monetary penalties as well as the costs and fees of bringing the actions.
A court can impose monetary penalties of up to $2,000 per violation of the Consumer Protection Act. (Washington Attorney General’s Office)