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Friday Roundup and Update

It is the end of another week and it has proved to be a rather busy week, with an update on our old friends which are part of the Litigious Abogados Family, CUC Abogados. There was also a disturbing report about the “FAKE” law firm Suarez and Simpson, threatening legal action for “slander” against one of our readers who supplied Inside Timeshare with the information. We also highlighted a couple of new “law/claims” firms which have come to our attention, Global Timeshare Legal Experts who appear to be targeting German timeshare owners, then yesterday we published another new “FAKE” law firm, this time supposedly operating from Mexico Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, and targeting purchasers of timeshares in Mexico.

There was also news from the courts in Gran Canaria regarding court cases against Anfi, with many appeals being dismissed by the High Court of Las Palmas. The judges have dismissed the appeals and upheld the sentences of the Courts of First Instance in accordance with the rulings of the Supreme Court. We also published the news which appeared in El Diario on the concession for the beach at Tauro. As we know Anfi had the concession to exploit this area and began to commence work on the man-made beach, despite the correct documents and licences being approved or issued. They have now lost the concession. 

We now begin with an update about Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, yesterday we named a judge who is appearing on the “court” documents being sent by this “FAKE” law firm, Dr Alvaro Augusto Perez Juarez.

From the latest information Inside Timeshare has uncovered it is now known that this is the name of a real judge. He was, in fact, President of the Superior Court Of Justice of Mexico City, 17 April 2017 – November 2018. Obviously he has no idea his name is being used, but no doubt he will now. This is not unusual for names of real judges and lawyers to be used by these “Fake” law firms, we have seen this with all those coming out of Spain and more recently Greece.

Dr Álvaro Augusto Pérez Juárez
Has a very distinguished career

Our US reader has now informed Ferrer Abogados that they want the bank to deal with all the details of “TAX” and the Transfer. They have since received a letter from Banco de Mexico stating that they are now ready to commence the transfer of the awarded amount to either our reader’s bank account or to their “physical” address. This has been signed by a “Banxico Authorised Official” named Carolina Perez Tipox.

Our reader has also been sent a new bank account to “wire transfer” the necessary amount to begin the transfer of funds. The recipient is ABSORPTION ACQUIREMENT AND LIQUIDATION DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. with the bank being BANCO SANTANDER (MEXICO) SA. Now, this does seem strange that it is the Banco de Mexico that originally needed payment and now another entity and bank are involved. Well, our readers will certainly not be transferring any funds to any of them.

It certainly has not been a good week for the Anfi Group, not only have they lost the concession to exploit Tauro Beach. This will no doubt have cost them (or should we say you the maintenance payers) a very substantial amount of money, they have also had a very bad week in the courts.

Anfi lose concession to exploit the beach

The latest additions to Anfi’s trials and tribulations are as follows:

On Wednesday 5 August the Court of First Instance Number 5 of SBT, declared yet another Anfi contract null and void. Once again this was a very speedy case which took only 6 months to the issuing of the sentence.

In all the German client of Canarian Legal Alliance has been awarded 52,239.25€ plus the return of legal fees and legal interest. The court in calculating the award took into account the illegal payment of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period to 8000€, which is more than was originally paid.

The clients were assisted by the CLA Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard with the case being prepared and conducted by the lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez.

Inside Timeshare suspect that we will see this particular case back in the news in the future, given the Anfi penchant for appealing these judgements to the High Court.

Moving on to yet another High Court (appeals) judgement, Court number 5 in Las Palmas again dismissed another appeal by Anfi, confirming the original sentence from the Court of First Instance SBT.

Another German client who was assisted by Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard with the lawyer Eva Gutierrez preparing and presenting the case.

The contract was declared null and void with the client being awarded 23,520€, plus legal costs and legal interest. This is more than the client originally paid which was 14,000€. This because the court doubled the deposit paid illegally within the statutory cooling-off period.

Any payments made within this period can have a significant effect on the claim, the law clearly states that no payments shall be taken within this 14 days period. It is also a fact that if this period is not correctly and clearly evidenced in the contract or any of its supporting documentation, this may be extended to 3 months. This means that all payments made within 3 months of signing the contract could be deemed illegal and the amount is then doubled. It appears that this is what has happened in this case.

These cases and others highlighted on Inside Timeshare just confirms that the courts are abiding by the rulings of the Supreme Court and are fully behind the protection of consumers.

That is all for this week, join us again next week for more news from the courts, updates on any “fake” law/claims firms highlighted along with any new ones that have been identified.

If you have been contacted by any company regarding a claim or relinquishment and would like to know if they are genuine, please use our contact page and get in touch.

If you have a timeshare and would like to know if you have a valid and viable claim, once again contact Inside Timeshare from our contact page and we will get back to you.

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Biggest Payout

so far received from Anfi

158,268.27€

Friday Roundup

Welcome to the end of another week with Inside Timeshare, today we have a roundup of this week’s articles, news from the courts and a rather interesting item which Diamond Resorts Owners Advocacy Facebook page posted. It has been a rather busy week with some new “claims” companies and “law firms” making an appearance. It also looks as though the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance has had some great results for their clients this week.

First, we begin with yet another “fake” law firm to rear its ugly head in an attempt to lure timeshare owners into paying thousands for non-existent claims and lawsuits.

On Monday we published information on Suarez and Simpson, supposedly based in Málaga and targeting ex-Club Class members. The wonderful news is their claim has now been settled by the Málaga courts with His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes presiding.

Not bad considering there is no record of this “law firm” or any cases against Club Class, it is also a fact that their website was only registered on 30 June 2020 and is registered for only 1 year. Yet, they show several “wonderful” testimonials from very grateful clients!

This “fake” law firm can also be linked to another highlighted over the past weeks, Morales Maxwell. The reason we believe they are linked is the Modus Operandi, the documents they produce and also they name the same Judge, His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes.

It has also been pointed out by the TCA that both websites appear to have been cloned from a genuine law firm called Carbray Abogados, this law firm was founded in Barcelona in 2007 by Damián Carmona and is duly registered as a company with CIF: B65367575.

We then identified yet another new cold calling “claims” company operating out of Tenerife, Demi-Guni SL. Again, the website was only registered on 13 May 2020 and is registered for only 1 year due to expire on 13 May 2021.

As we stated in our articles, could this be another “fake” claims company or could they actually be genuine and just jumping on the bandwagon? With the website only just having been registered and for only 1 year, does not instil any confidence.

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-dubious-company-lawyer-emerges/

https://insidetimeshare.com/demi-guni-sl-update/

We now move on to the latest results from the courts with news from Canarian Legal Alliance.

On Monday 20 July, the High Court of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, dismissed another two appeals by Anfi against rulings made by the Court of First Instance, San Bartelomé de Tirajana. Once again the High Court fully endorsed the rulings that the contracts were illegal confirming them to be null and void.

The clients from Norway and Denmark were assisted by the CLA Claims Consultants Jasmin Erhard and Michael Gadman with the case being prepared and presented by the Lawyer Miguel Angel Melian Santana.

The clients are now set to receive over 87,000€ plus legal interest.

On Tuesday 21 July, another Danish client was awarded over 17,000€ with their contract being declared null and void.

This case was against Holiday Club Canarias Sales and Marketing SLU and took just 8 months from the case being presented and the court declaring the contract null and void, ordering Holiday Club Puerto Calma to repay the money.

The interesting point is there was no appeal, no delaying tactics and within 4 months of the case the money has now been deposited into the accounts of the CLA Barristers ready to be paid out to the client. A very speedy result indeed.

On the same day from the Courts of First Instance of SBT, another two Anfi clients had their contracts declared null and void with Anfi being ordered to repay in full their purchase price including legal interest.

The Lawyers of the CLA Execution of Sentence Team have already filed a provisional order of execution in order to stop Anfi from “redistributing” funds in order to avoid payment. It is expected that Anfi will appeal this sentence as they use this tactic to delay paying. Although it is their right to lodge an appeal, given the attitude of the High Court it is more than likely the High Court will once again dismiss the appeals and confirm the sentence of the First Court.

The Norwegian and Swedish clients were assisted by Michael Gadman, Claims Consultant and the case being prepared and presented by the Lawyers Eva Gutierrez and Himar Iglesias Perez.

The following day 22 July, it was the turn of Silverpoint Vacations SL to have their appeal at the High Court of Santa Cruz de Tenerife dismissed. The High Court upheld the decision of the Court of First Instance of Arona that the contracts were null and void and the repayment of over 17,000€ plus legal interest to the English Client. CLA will now submit the case to the Mercantile Court for the recovery of the funds.

The clients were assisted by CLA’s Claims Consultant Jake Kaiser with the case being prepared and presented by the Lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez.

Yesterday, 23 July, in another case at the Court of First Instance of SBT, another Anfi client had their contract declared null and void with the court ordering the repayment of 32,473€, which includes double the amount of the deposit paid within the statutory 14 days cooling-off period. They have also 

They have also been awarded legal interests and their legal costs which will increase the amount they will receive, with yet another provisional execution order being prepared. No doubt we will see Anfi lodging yet another frivolous appeal in order to delay payment.

The client was assisted by the Claims Consultant Michael Gadman with the Lawyers Eva Gutierrez and Aroa Farray Martin preparing and presenting the case.

Once again this is good news for clients who are waiting for their own cases to be heard.

The Diamond Resorts Owners Advocacy Facebook page posted an article from the Washington Post published in October 2019, this article reported on the losses his organisation made on their two golf courses located in Scotland during 2018. It also mentions the case which President Trump (Mr Trump at the time) brought against the Scottish Government over plans to construct a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen, which is where his golf courses are located.

The Trump organisation lost that case and was ordered to repay over £200,000 in court costs to the Scottish Government. The Trump Organisation refused to pay it and as far as we are aware this still has not been paid.

This, unfortunately, is to the cost of the Scottish taxpayer, in our mind, this is not right and this should be paid. The sad thing is it seems to have been forgotten but Inside Timeshare publishes these following links so you the reader can see the full story.

The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/losses-deepen-at-trumps-scotland-properties-new-financial-reports-show/2019/10/08/08ddf890-e9d4-11e9-bafb-da248f8d5734_story.html?fbclid=IwAR1nIruV3A6bsY6a-LhnK1cCrDqiLloGswPF0aey7MY67qWeqh315gpx6B4

Quartz (qz.com) 2018

https://qz.com/1291269/the-scottish-wind-farm-donald-trump-tried-to-block-is-now-complete/

The Guardian 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/08/trump-organization-rejects-legal-bill-after-losing-windfarm-court-battle

The Independent 2019

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/trump-scotland-wind-farm-fight-payout-golf-course-a9201096.html

Well, that is all for this week, we hope that you all have a great and safe weekend. Do join us again next week for more on the murky world of timeshare and please remember

DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE ENGAGING WITH ANY COMPANY!

End the Week

Welcome to the end of another week with Inside Timeshare, this week we published news regarding the liquidation of Azure Services and Azure Resorts. FNTC (First National Trustee Company), has now set up a new company registered in Malta to take over the management role for members at Golden Sands Resort. This may well be good news for those members. We then published the story of the latest incarnation of the Litigious Abogados Family, Paloma Abogados. For those who have been following this particular series will remember that over the past four years these fake law firms have been setting up new websites and “law firms” every few months or so. Once again the story is a familiar one, your timeshare company is being taken to court and you can be part of the case for a fee. We then gave an update on JSD Group which again is cold calling ex-Club Class members.

We begin today with an update on Sim Legal who have featured on our pages before (see links below).


Jeroen Martijn Brussel, Director Sim Legal

According to our Belgian reader, he has received a cold call from Sim Legal regarding his timeshare with Diamond Resorts purchased in Greece. According to Sim Legal, they can help him get his money back and also have his contract cancelled, obviously, there is a fee to be paid first this amounts to just over 2000€.

From the information received, this fee is to cancel the contract and then make a claim. Our question is, how are they going to make a claim in Greece or even make a claim once the contract is cancelled if it does get cancelled.

As we know Diamond have their own exit program and will not deal with any third-party company, so it looks like the old scenario of taking the money and running!

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-information-received/

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-more-scams-reported/

We now move to some of the latest news from the courts, with cases against Anfi and Silverpoint.

On Monday a sentence was issued by the Court of First Instance San Bartelomé de Tirajana. The case involving an English client is rather interesting as the court decided that no trial was required. This case is one of the quickest we have seen and took only 9 months to conclude.

The clients contract was declared null and void with the return of over 44,000€ plus legal interest. The judge also condemned Anfi for the illegal taking of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period.

The case was brought on behalf of the client by Canarian Legal Alliance with Jake Kaiser being the Claims Consultant and the Lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez.

The 14 July a double sentence was issued by the Court of First Instance of SBT, again both against Anfi. These cases were brought on behalf of the Norwegian client by Canarian Legal Alliance.

Both contracts were declared null and void with the court awarding in total over 43,000€ plus legal interest.

Once again the court decided that there was no need for a trial and both cases were concluded within 9 months. The courts are obviously adhering to the rulings made by the Supreme Court which no number 130.

The Claims Consultant was Michael Gadman with the Lawyer representing both clients being Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez.

On 16 July, it was announced that the High Court of Las Palmas (appeals), two appeals lodged by Anfi have been dismissed with the original sentences from the Court of First Instance being upheld.

In total, the clients have been awarded over 35,000€ with both contracts being declared null and void. So we have two more very happy English clients.

Again the case was brought by Canarian Legal Alliance with Jake Kaiser being the Claims Consultant and the Lawyer Eva Gutierrez.

We now move to a case at the Court of First Instance of Arona, Tenerife against Silverpoint Vacations SL:

In this case, brought on behalf of a Dutch client by Canarian Legal Alliance, the court again declared the contract null and void with the order that Silverpoint repays the client over 16,000€ plus legal Interest.

This case is now being submitted to the Mercantile Court for the recovery of the funds.

The Claims Consultant for the client was Michael Gadman with the Lawyer representing the client being Eduardo Alamo.

All in all, it has been a very successful week for CLA and some very happy timeshare free clients.

Have a great weekend and remember to always do your homework before engaging with any company that makes contact or one you have found on the internet.