SC business notebook: New Life Fitness members could get refund

01/09/2014 12:00 AM

01/08/2014 8:30 PM

Members of closed New Life Fitness World may be able to get refund

Members of New Life Fitness World, which shut down its four Midlands’ gyms last week, may be entitled to a refund, the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs said Wednesday. The agency said members who joined one of the gyms and signed an agreement for general membership or personal training can choose to attend Gold’s Gym or cancel their contracts. Those wishing to cancel should send a cancellation notice immediately to New Life Fitness World, 3950 Wilson Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, the agency said, and request a pro-rata refund. Those with automatic draft should notify their bank or credit union to immediately stop the draft. Consumers who are unable to obtain a refund of the unearned pre-paid amount may file a complaint with the department at, or call (800) 922-1594 for a complaint form

Ford CEO says he won’t be going to Microsoft

All eyes will be on Ford’s new vehicles – not its CEO – at the Detroit auto show next week. CEO Alan Mulally finally put to rest rumors that he will leave Ford to run Microsoft. Mulally said Tuesday he’ll stay at the Dearborn-based automaker through at least the end of this year. With that, Mulally ended months of speculation that had already clouded the debut of the new Mustang last month and threatened to overshadow next week’s widely expected unveiling of a new F-150, plus the launch of 23 new vehicles this year. Mulally wouldn’t say whether he had talked to Microsoft, but said the speculation had been a distraction for Ford.

2 websites that post mug shots to stop charging to have them removed

Two websites that post mug shots will stop charging people to remove the photos under a settlement reached in a federal lawsuit in Ohio. The lawsuit filed in Toledo involves three people who say the websites charge hundreds of dollars to remove the mug shots even if the charges are dropped. Attorneys in the case said the settlement, finalized in late December, includes an agreement that the owners of two websites will stop billing people to take down the photos. An attorney for and said late Tuesday that the sites will continue to operate and post arrest and criminal records but won’t charge to remove the images.

The Associated Press contributed.

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