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Today Inside Timeshare looks at some of the court cases which have come to our attention this week. These cases have been brought on behalf of clients by two law firms and one independent lawyer, involving several Anfi, Diamond and Club la Costa cases. This article is published to show that timeshare companies are losing all over Spain proving the courts are following the rulings laid down by the Supreme Court.

CLA Legal Team

We start with our friends from Canarian Legal Alliance who have had yet another appeal by Anfi dismissed by the High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas.

The appeal court once again confirmed and supported the original sentence laid down by the Court of First Instance Number 4 of San Bartelomé de Tirajana where the contract was declared null and void along with the return of 59,163€ plus legal interest.

The contract was declared null and void due to several breaches of timeshare law which included, length of the contract was for more than the permitted 50 years, it contained floating weeks and also the illegally taken deposits within the statutory cooling-off period.

The original sentence also included the repayment of the illegal deposit in double, this was also confirmed by the appeal court judges.

The Norwegian client was represented by the CLA Lawyer Eva Gutierrez with Claims Consultant Michael Gadman assisting the client.

Link to CLA figures

The Legal Team

Another law firm which has been having considerable success in the courts is M1 Legal, they are based in Mijas Costa and currently have around 1300 cases against various timeshare resorts in the courts. Of these cases, there are currently 577 against Club la Costa alone with claims to the value of £12.1million.

It appears the first week of November was a very busy one for their legal team as they had six cases against Club la Costa with all contracts being declared null and void.

The largest amount awarded in one case was £30,870 with a total for all cases coming in at over £105,387.

The contracts were all in breach of the current timeshare laws with contracts being in excess of 50 years and all containing the points system and not the permitted fixed week fixed apartment system.

Along with these cases, there were a further six cases being heard by the courts in Fuengirola, these cases were arguments on the grounds of jurisdiction. Club la Costa maintains that their contracts are subject to UK law and the jurisdiction of UK courts. This is an argument that has been going on for some time, even though many courts around Spain including the High Court in Malaga have ruled that Spanish law and courts do have jurisdiction.

In these six cases, the courts in Fuengirola agreed and accepted the cases on the grounds that they do have jurisdiction. So we can expect to hear successful outcomes for these clients in the future.

M1 Legal also had very good results in other cases against Diamond Resorts and our old friends at Anfi. The Anfi contract was declared null and void as it was also determined that the contract contained insufficient information on the product being purchased. This also included the fact that there was no time period specified on the contract, this is in breach of the law on the duration which as we have stated before is for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 50 years.

The Anfi client was awarded over £16,027 and the three Diamond cases totalling over £31,000 with those contracts also being declared null and void. 

https://m1legal.com/our-victories

We now move to a case brought on behalf of an Anfi client by the independent lawyer Javier Correa.

Javier-Correa

Javier was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria which is where he now practices and resides. Between 1984 and 1989 he studied law at the University of Navarra and later at the University College London. He then went on to complete his Master’s degree.

This case was originally brought at the Court of First Instance where this court declared the contract null and void with the return of the purchase price plus double the deposit illegally taken at the time of purchase.

Anfi as, usually do they lodged an appeal against the first court’s decision, this was heard in the Third Chamber of the Provincial Court (High Court Appeals).

As we have seen in previous appeals made by Anfi, the court rejected the appeal and confirmed the original sentence in its entirety.

The contract was for two standard two-bedroom suites on the floating week’s system at Monte Anfi. The client also paid 4,431.38€ as a deposit on the day of purchase and signing the contracts, this was ordered by the court to be paid back to the client in double in accordance with the rulings made by the Supreme Court.

The client will now be receiving over 41,000€ and is also timeshare free and no longer liable for the annual maintenance fees.

http://www.correaguimera.com/

Just on these cases alone, it is very clear that the timeshare industry is fighting a losing battle in the courts, well they did have many years in which they could have issued contracts which compiled with Spain’s timeshare laws. So really they only have themselves to blame.

This also answers the many questions received by Inside Timeshare, “are there any genuine lawyers out there actually doing what they say and winning?” As you can see the answer is yes there are genuine lawyers doing a superb job on behalf of timeshare consumers.

If you would like to know more about these cases wondering if you have a valid and viable case please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you and explain your legal options.

End the Week: Court Roundup

Welcome to the end of another week in the world of timeshare, it certainly has been a rather busy week with yet another new “fake” law firm rearing its ugly head. It is the latest incarnation of that long-standing fraud of “fake” law firms we have dubbed the Litigious Abogados Family, this time they really have surpassed themselves in the photographs they have used. According to the Las Alas Abogados website their founder Alberto Canbamo Farola is in fact none other than the serving President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador. They have also used the photograph of Carlos Torres Vila, who is the President of the BBVA Banking Group, as one of their lawyers Antonio Lamamel Cunio. They also used a photograph taken in Mexico of Vila at a meeting with the Mexican President. The Mexican Authorities and the BBVA have already been informed. Yesterday we published the story of the Radio 4 You and Yours broadcast on maintenance fees during the current pandemic. We end this week with the following court news.

On Monday, the Court of First Instance of San Bartelomé de Tirajana declared yet another Anfi contract null and void.

The court awarded the German client over 44,000€ plus legal interest. When calculating the award, the Judge also ordered that the client should receive double the amount of the deposit taken during the statutory cooling-off period.

The client was represented by the Canarian Legal Alliance lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez, with the client being assisted by the Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard.

The following day it was another Anfi case at the Court of First Instance of SBT which declared another contract null and void.

This particular case was dealt with at the pre-trial stage as the Judge decided that there was no need to waste time and go to a full trial. This is becoming increasingly more common after all these judges have now been hearing these cases for years and they are tied to the rulings made by the Supreme Court on timeshare law.

In this case, the Norwegian client is to receive 44,688€ plus legal interest, with the court awarding double the deposit paid within the cooling-off period.

The client was represented by the CLA lawyers Eva Gutierrez and Himar Iglesias Pérez, with Claims Consultant Michael Gadman assisting the client.

No doubt we will see Anfi attempting to delay payments by instigating an appeal to the High Court, we cannot actually fathom out why they would do this as in every case they have appealed, the High Court has confirmed the original sentence returning it to the original court for execution of sentence.

On Wednesday it was the turn of Club la Costa to lose in the Court of First Instance in Fuengirola.

The court awarded the German client 41,448€ plus legal interest and legal fees. The court in calculating the award also followed the Supreme Court rulings which confirmed that the taking of deposits within the cooling-off period was illegal, awarded the client over 20,000€ for the cancellation of their contract plus a further 21,000€ in respect of the illegally taken deposits.

Once again the client was represented by the CLA Lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez, with the client being assisted by the Claims Consultant Michael Gadman.

On Thursday it was the turn of Palm Oasis, Tasolan SL to payout a client whose contract has been declared null and void with the return of their full purchase price.

In this case, the payment has already been transferred to the client’s own bank account, they have now received their award of 15,834€.

The English client was represented by the Lawyer Eva Gutierrez with Claims Consultant Jake Kaiser assisting.

Today we also highlight a case from an independent lawyer who specialises in timeshare cases.

Javier Correa announced yesterday that in the Court of First Instance of Marbella he had a total victory against Marriott (MVCI). The companies involved are MVCI Holidays and MVCI Management.

The court declared the contract null and void with the client being awarded £28,220 plus legal interest and legal costs.

These cases certainly show that the courts are siding with the consumer and following the law to the letter. To be honest, it is the timeshare companies’ own fault that they are now being subject to increasing litigation over their contract, after all the laws came into force in January 1999. Surely that is time enough to have changed their ways and complied with the law!

That is all for this week, join us again next week with more news and information on the murky world of timeshare.

Have a great weekend.

The Tuesday Slot with Irene

In this week’s Tuesday Slot with Irene, we welcome another new contributor, Alicja Tandecka from Poland, with comments from Irene Parker. This story is one with a happy ending, so Inside Timeshare is pleased to share this with you. But first we have a quick look at Europe.

On the legal side, it now looks like we have two courts where the judges have decided to dispense with full trials and issue judgements at the pre-trial stage. Usually the pre-trial is a general review of the case and the judge will then decide to set a date for a full trial.

The Courts of First Instance No 1 & 4, of San Bartelomé de Tirajana in Maspalomas have now in several cases decided that a full hearing is no longer necessary. Their reasoning behind this is very simple, it is a matter of contracts, they are in breach of the timeshare laws 42/98 & 4/12 along with the rulings from the Supreme Court. In these cases the judge has decided to rule and issue his sentence, the last one was issued within three days of the hearing.

This is obviously good news for clients, as it will speed up the legal process no end.

Another lawyer known to these pages has now started to publish the results of his cases, Javier Correa, who at one time worked with Miguel Rodriguez Ceballos of Canarian Legal Alliance. With the news that Javier is now publishing his results does go to prove that what timeshare companies such as Anfi, are stating that these are all fictitious cases is not true. They are a matter of public record, Inside Timeshare even published links to the official website where these case files can be accessed.

News has just been received on the EZE Group case, Dominic O’Reilly and Stephanie O’Reilly his daughter, are to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 30 April 2018 for sentencing. This will be good news for all those EZE Group clients who have been taken in by this company. One question which we will ask, is how will Birmingham City Football Club deal with this, after all EZE Group are linked to them and also have a stand named after them?

As we were about to publish , we went to check some details on the EZE Group website, the account has been suspended and cannot be accessed.

More news on this next week.

Now for our Tuesday Slot.

Alicja Tandecka’s Trip to America turns into a Polo Towers

Diamond Resorts Issue Resolved!

The Federal Trade Commission’s Report on Complaints

April 24, 2018

By Alicja Tandecka

My visit to America from my home in Poland to attend an Arbonne conference turned into a travel dilemma after I signed a contract to purchase a Sampler product from Diamond Resorts. I signed a contract to buy 20,000 Diamond Sampler points for $4,000.

Two hours after I signed the contract, I decided I had made a mistake, so I went back to cancel. I was alarmed to read that this Sampler product has no cancellation period, even though I had found on the internet Nevada has a seven day cancellation period. I feel this is a very unfair business practice.

As a foreigner in a foreign country, I did not know where to turn. I reached out to Inside Timeshare and the Diamond Member Sponsored Advocacy Facebook for help. I will be eternally grateful to have found them and their pro bono help in all this will not be forgotten. This is what restores my faith in humanity.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiamondResortsOwnersAdvocacy/

As you can see, we were having a great time in America until I realized I had made a mistake buying something I really did not understand.

https://www.facebook.com/alicjatandecka

Irene Parker from Inside Timeshare directed me to the Diamond Resorts Consumer Advocacy department. I told her about the high pressure sales presentation I attended. Irene explained that Diamond has introduced a program called CLARITY that promises no high pressure and that I should explain to that department what happened.  

When I went back two hours after I signed the contract to cancel, the office was closed. The next morning I went back again and was asked to write down the reasons why I wanted to cancel so the agent could send this to Diamond corporate. The agent I spoke with assured me I would be refunded, but I was worried.

Irene explained that Timeshare Advocacy Group™ advocates have helped 404 timeshare members because reports indicate there is no enforcement of timeshare regulations in Nevada and a few other states. She suggested I submit an article to Inside Timeshare about my experience. She sent my article to Diamond Resorts for comment to see if someone might reach out to help me end this ordeal. Someone did so my trip to America ends with many new Facebook friends and a timeshare issue resolved!   

Comments from Irene

The Federal Trade Commission released complaint statistics and timeshare made the highest dollar amount. The amount of $1,700 seems low as timeshare member reports from members reaching out to Inside Timeshare include members losing money in amounts ranging from $25,000 to $400,000 or more.

The most common comments:

I’m so embarrassed! I feel so stupid! We haven’t told our kids!

Excerpts from the FTC report:

The Federal Trade Commission has released statistics on complaints and other problems reported in 2017. Some came directly from consumers, while others originated with law enforcement agencies and other organizations, including the Better Business Bureau.

The FTC received 2.7 million reports in 2017, a slight decrease from 2016. However, the amount of money people reported losing to fraud increased 7.5 percent to $905 million. The true numbers are much higher since many people don’t report being defrauded because they’re embarrassed, afraid, or don’t know where to turn for help.

Abusive or fraudulent debt collection calls were the top source of complaints in 2017, representing 23 percent of all reports. Identity theft, led by credit card fraud, and impostor scams rounded out the top three.

For the first time, the FTC broke out the numbers by the age of the person filing the report and the results mirror what the BBB has found in analyses of complaints it receives. Younger people reported losing money to fraud more often than seniors, but seniors suffered a greater dollar loss.

The median loss from all types of fraud was $429. Travel, vacation, and timeshare frauds were the most costly with people losing a median amount of $1,710. The FTC also broke out fraud losses for members of the military and found their median fraud loss to be 44 percent higher than the general population.

Florida had the highest per capita rate of reports to the FTC, at 993 per 100,000 population. Tennessee came in 10th at 649 per 100,000 and Mississippi was 27th at 514. North Dakota had the lowest ratio at 277 per 100,000 population.

https://www.jacksonsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/04/06/ftc-releases-2017-complaint-statistics/493425002/

Inside Timeshare will walk with Alicja until her issue is resolved or foreclosed. We’re checking into whether defaulting on $4,000 will have any great effect on her credit report in Poland or create any problems coming to America in the future.  

More helping hands:

https://www.facebook.com/timeshareadvocategroup/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiamondResortsOwnersAdvocacy/

https://tug2.com/Home.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/groups/180578055325962/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/465692163568779/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1639958046252175/

Thank you Alicja for your contribution, Inside Timeshare and all the team who work with Irene are very pleased to have been of help, we are glad that your trip has ended with a host of new friends and we wish you luck for the future.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns about this or any article published, or need help to decide what to do and who you can trust, then use our contact form and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.