GALVESTON – Recent Galveston federal court records show that
the Southern District of Texas is overseeing a lawsuit accusing 24 Hour Fitness
USA, Inc. of terminating a man’s membership over a personal matter with one of
Salvatore Bonaccorso initiated legal action against 24 Hour
Fitness in Galveston County District Court earlier this year, stating that he
was in the midst of divorce proceedings from Eliseo Octaviano Flores when the
latter assaulted him.
Per Bonaccorso, the defendant notified him that he was
banned chain-wide without providing an explanation.
24 Hour Fitness subsequently had the suit elevated to
federal court. In an original answer filed earlier this month, the respondent
denied Bonaccorso’s allegations.
“By commencing this action, the plaintiff has ignored his obligation
to arbitrate the claims he asserts in his petition pursuant to the arbitration provision
contained within the plaintiff’s membership agreement,” the response says. “By
filing this answer, 24 Hour Fitness does not waive its right to enforce the
parties' agreement and compel the plaintiff to arbitrate his claims.”
Attorneys Ricky A. Raven and Stephan D. Selinidis of the law
firm Reed Smith, LLP in Houston are representing 24 Hour Fitness.
Galveston District of the Southern District of Texas Case
Galveston County 405th District Court Case No. 17-CV-0098