A proposed class action filed in California claims ClubCorp USA, Inc. has continued to charge monthly membership fees for its more than 200 private clubs despite barring access to the facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lawsuit explains that ClubCorp charges members of its various city, athletic, stadium, and golf clubs monthly membership fees that range from $120 to $800. Though the defendant decided in March 2020 to close its clubs in response to the coronavirus outbreak, ClubCorp has continued to charge thousands of members full price for their memberships, the suit alleges.
The case claims the “sole reason” customers pay the defendant’s membership fees is to gain access to its private clubs, a service that is presently unavailable as the novel coronavirus pandemic rages on. Despite failing to provide the services agreed upon in its contracts with members, ClubCorp has refused to issue refunds for membership fees, the suit alleges.
The plaintiff says he pays $184 per month for a membership to the defendant’s University Club atop Symphony Towers in San Diego. Although he’s had no access to the club since March, ClubCorp charged the plaintiff’s credit card in the full amount of $184 on April 17, 2020, the case alleges.
The plaintiff claims he and the defendant’s thousands of other members would not have paid membership fees, or would have paid under different terms, had they known they would not have access to ClubCorp’s private clubs.
The lawsuit looks to represent anyone who was charged fees by the defendant while its private clubs were closed.
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