Planet Fitness Gym Sued Over Alleged Secret Video Recordings in Tanning Rooms

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Mary Barnhill, an Illinois resident (“Ms. Barnhill”), filed a class action lawsuit against Pla-Fit Franchise, LLC and MBM Fitness Management LLC (collectively, “Planet Fitness”), over secret video recordings in tanning rooms at the Planet Fitness gym located at 3624 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois (the “Planet Fitness Gym”).

WHAT: Mary Barnhill, an Illinois resident (“Ms. Barnhill”), filed a class action lawsuit against Pla-Fit Franchise, LLC and MBM Fitness Management LLC (collectively, “Planet Fitness”), over alleged secret video recordings in tanning rooms at the Planet Fitness gym located at 3624 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois (the “Planet Fitness Gym”).

WHEN: The lawsuit was filed on November 12, 2014.

WHERE: The lawsuit is pending in the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in Rock Island, Illinois, with case number 14 L 149.

WHY: According to the class action lawsuit, Ms. Barnhill and other Planet Fitness members were allegedly video recorded without their knowledge while they undressed and entered tanning beds in the Planet Fitness gym.

The lawsuit further alleges that Planet Fitness discovered a hidden camera in one of its tanning rooms but allegedly did not inform its members about the discovery until days later, and its members continued to use the tanning rooms at the gym while an alleged second hidden camera was still secretly recording them.

The lawsuit accuses Planet Fitness of allegedly neglecting to inspect its tanning rooms to protect its members’ privacy during their use of the tanning rooms at the gym, and by allegedly failing to timely notify its members of the presence of the video camera and allowing them to continue to use the tanning rooms while a second camera was still in use.

Also on November 12, 2014, a Rock Island Circuit Court judge entered an emergency protective order requiring Planet Fitness to preserve the video recordings and other evidence related to the incident.

According to Thomas A. Zimmerman, Jr., counsel for the plaintiff, “The use of Planet Fitness’s tanning rooms is an extremely private activity, and the gym’s members should be able to rely on Planet Fitness to ensure their privacy in those rooms.”

Copies of the lawsuit, motion for class certification, Court’s protective order, and additional details are available upon request.

CONTACT:     
THOMAS A. ZIMMERMAN, JR. (tom(at)attorneyzim(dot)com)
Zimmerman Law Offices, P.C. (http://www.attorneyzim.com)
77 West Washington Street, Suite 1220, Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 440-0020 telephone, (312) 286-6598 cell phone,
(312) 440-4180 facsimile

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