Subdivision 1. Scope.
As used in sections
, the terms defined in this
section have the meanings given them.
Subd. 2. Club.
"Club" means any health club, social referral club or buying club.
Subd. 3. Contract.
"Contract" means any agreement by which one becomes a member
of a club.
Subd. 4. Health club.
"Health club" means any corporation, partnership, unincorporated
association, or other business enterprise having the primary purpose of offering one or more
facilities for instruction, training, encouragement, or assistance in physical fitness, in return for
the payment of a fee entitling the member to the use of the facilities. The term does not include
any nonprofit organizations, any private club owned and operated by its members, or any facility
operated by the state or any of its political subdivisions.
Subd. 5. Social referral club.
"Social referral club" means any corporation, partnership,
unincorporated association or other business enterprise organized for profit with the primary
purpose of matching members of the opposite sex, by the use of computer or any other means,
to facilitate dating or general social contact.
Subd. 6. Buying club.
"Buying club" means any corporation, partnership, unincorporated
association or other business enterprise organized for profit with the primary purpose of providing
benefits to members from the cooperative purchase of services or merchandise.
Subd. 7. Member.
"Member" means a status by which any natural person is entitled to
any of the benefits of a club.
Subd. 8. Prepayment.
"Prepayment" means any payment over $50 for service or
merchandise made before the service is rendered or the merchandise is received. The term
"prepayment" includes, but is not limited to, the payment of any service fee, initiation fee,
application fee, administrative fee, deposit fee, processing fee, enrollment fee, maintenance fee, or
similar fee no matter how the fee is denominated. It is not a prepayment if a payment for service
is made on the same day the service is rendered. Money received by a club from a financial
institution upon assignment of a contract shall be considered prepayment when and to the extent
the member is required to make prepayments to the financial institution pursuant to the contract.
Subd. 9. Business day.
"Business day" means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or
holiday as defined in section
Subd. 10. Outstanding liabilities.
"Outstanding liabilities" means the amount of prepayment
actually received from club members less the amount of the prepayment as prorated over the
duration of any contract for services rendered by the club.
History: 1974 c 418 s 1; 1987 c 367 s 1-3