Planet Fitness Settles with NYAG over Tanning Marketing

Home » Blog »


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Get a Free Compliance Review

Our trusted legal counsel can help ensure your business stays compliant.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

December 1, 2015

marketingOn November 24, 2015, the Attorney General for the State of New York announced a settlement with Planet Fitness Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, Pla-Fit Franchise, LLC (together “Planet Fitness”) concerning Planet Fitness’s marketing of its tanning services. Among other things, Planet Fitness agreed to stop making health-related claims in promoting its red lamp tanning devices. Planet Fitness will also pay the State of New York $50,000 in costs and penalties.

How did Planet Fitness’s Marketing Violate New York State Law?

Planet Fitness Settles Marketing Dispute with NY Attorney General

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement with the New York Attorney General, Planet Fitness will no longer offer unlimited tanning as part of its health club benefits. In addition, Planet Fitness will comply with New York State law and offer information sheets to its patrons concerning the health dangers associated with tanning.

Importantly, Planet Fitness has agreed to stop touting health benefits associated with its red lamp tanning devices. According to the New York State Attorney General, some Planet Fitness locations advertised that their red light “Beauty Angel” tanning treatments offered various health-related benefits. However, according to the Attorney General, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved red lamp tanning devices for cosmetic purposes.

Protect Yourself

Marketers must be mindful of federal and state laws applicable to the marketing of various health-related products and services. This is particularly true where the products and services are either unique or controversial (such as indoor tanning equipment).

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please visit the Telemarketing Law practice area of our website. If you have been served with process concerning your marketing practices, please e-mail us at or call us at (212) 246-0900.

The material contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice, nor is it a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney.  Each situation is unique, and you should not act or rely on any information contained herein without seeking the advice of an experienced attorney.

Attorney Advertising

Similar blog posts:

Carrot Neurotechnology Settles Deceptive Advertising Claims with FTC

Subway Settles Sandwich Length Deceptive Trade Practices Lawsuit

Man Who Allegedly Violated Deceptive Marketing Court Order Held in Contempt

Trending Topics

SMS Text Messages and the TCPA- Klein Moynihan Turco LLP

SMS Text Messaging and the TCPA

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging has become a ubiquitous form of communication for people over the last decade.  Consequently, marketers and advertisers who are

Read More »