Lawsuit filed to recover fees for never-held events by self-help guru

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A lawsuit seeks to recover fees paid for events advertised but never held by a motivational speaker charged with manslaughter.

James Arthur Ray stopped holding events shortly after an October sweat lodge ceremony he led turned deadly. He has pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter.

The lawsuit filed late Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court contends Ray and his Carlsbad, Calif.-based company, James Ray International, have ignored demands for refunds. Three plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit, but it says up to 1,000 people may be similarly situated.

A refund policy on Ray's Web site says buyers have three days from the date of a transaction to cancel. Event registration fees then are considered nonrefundable.

The policy doesn't specifically address what happens when Ray cancels events.