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Start the Week

Welcome to the start of another week, we begin this week with the article published in the Norwegian Business Magazine, Kapital This paper has already in the past focused on many cases regarding timeshare and especially Anfi. Back in 2016, this very same paper published the story of Mrs Grimsbo and her case against Anfi, which was conducted by Canarian Legal Alliance. Now Kapital has picked up on the news about Anfi being investigated for fraud.

As we already know the news that the State Prosecutor in Gran Canaria has instigated a criminal investigation around the movement of funds was published only recently in El Diario, El Dia and also Inside Timeshare. It was also the subject of a news item in Spanish National Television new TVE1.

Inside Timeshare will not go into detail today but the links below will give you the full story in excellent detail.

Kapital article in English

Kapital article in Norwegian

We stick with Anfi for our next snippet, at the end of October Anfi had another bad Tuesday in the courts. At the High Court in Las Palmas another timeshare owner is now Anfi free, the court declared their contract null and void also awarding them 161,598€ plus all their legal fees.

The case was brought on behalf of the client by Canarian Legal Alliance.

CLA also issued their end of October review of the performance of their legal department.

  • There were 60 New Trials and Hearings.
  • 40 sentences from the Courts of First Instance and the High Courts.
  • In all CLA recovered around 1,600,000€ on behalf of their clients.
  • There were 35 new claims delivered to the Spanish Courts.
  • They also worked on 96 appeals cases for cases they originally won in July and September.
  • On the executions and enforcements of sentences, the instituted 26 provision enforcement orders.

It certainly looks as though the CLA lawyers and staff have been very busy.

Over the weekend Inside Timeshare has received many more enquiries regarding claims companies and law firms making contact with owners. Unfortunately, most of them have appeared on our pages with many warnings, such as Solutions SL, CUC Abogados, SG Abogados, Litigation Service SL and Platinum Service and Administration SL.

All have a very similar story, the courts have appointed them to help you the consumer to retrieve money being held by the courts after dealing with various other companies and timeshare. We have said this before, these are all scams to get hold of your hard-earned cash.

If you are contacted by any company and want to know if they are genuine, then use our contact page and we will help find out. It costs nothing to ask and better safe than sorry.

Are the TCA Trying to Take Credit for Others Actions?

It was with great hilarity this morning that while searching the net as usual, for the latest news and blogs, Inside Timeshare came across the latest posting from the Timeshare Consumer Association. We say with hilarity for one simple reason, their opening line:

“Timeshare Consumer Association is pleased to announce another cutting-edge decision of the Supreme Court in elucidating and acknowledging the illegal practice operandi of Palm Oasis and many other resorts using much the same shameful tactics”.

To those unfamiliar with the goings on in the timeshare world, it would appear that they are trying to take credit for the Supreme Court rulings. This as we know is not true, there is only one law firm so far that has successfully brought these cases to the Supreme Court, Canarian Legal Alliance.

CLA Logo

It all began around 6 years ago, with the Norwegian lady Mrs Grimsbo, who started action against Anfi, after the death of her husband. She found she could not get out of her contract and took advice from a lawyer in Arguineguin. Eventually the case went to the Supreme Court, they ruled in March 2015, that her contract was indeed illegal and flouted the timeshare law Ley 42/98.

Since then Canarian Legal Alliance has received a further 27 rulings from the highest court in Spain, this brings the total to a staggering 28. Inside Timeshare has also been informed they also have at least another 100 cases waiting to be heard by this court.

Surely, to avoid any misrepresentation of the facts, the article should have started with something like this:

Timeshare Consumer Association is pleased to announce another Supreme Court Victory brought by Canarian Legal Alliance.

To give credit to the people that actually did the job is the first priority in any piece of reporting.

tribunal supremo

Further down the article is also the following, which again gives the impression they are also responsible for bringing these cases and the cases at the lower courts.:

“We at TCA can confidently confirm that we have given advice that has lead to consumers successfully executing claims across a varied range of contrasting timeshare resorts”.

It is not clear how the TCA have helped consumers to successfully execute claims, there are only a handful of law firms doing this type of work in Spain, with one firm Inside Timeshare knows of, having had their first case in September, the result of that has not yet been published. Having spoken to a contact at CLA, the TCA have not to their knowledge introduced any clients to CLA.

As published in previous articles the TCA is now under the effective control of Mark Rowe of Monster Travel Group. This company was even the subject of a BBC Scotland investigation, which deemed their practices to say the least suspect. Is this now the proof that a once credible independent association is itself suspect?

Can any consumer have any faith in the “advice” this organisation gives?

Sandy Grey will definitely be turning in his grave and anyone who knew him or had ever worked with him will be horrified.

Inside Timeshare leaves these questions to be answered by you the reader. We know what our opinion is.

http://insidetimeshare.com/bbc-scotland-investigates-problems-timeshare-contracts/

http://insidetimeshare.com/tca-great-beginnings-infamy/

http://insidetimeshare.com/monster-credits-associated-companies-summary/

An Expensive Month for Some!

Today I was looking at some of the news from the past month, it looks like it was an expensive one for timeshare resorts.

 

The TCA reported a case against MacDonald Resorts Leila Playa Club in Spain, this action was regarding contracts signed between 2003 and 2008. From the TCA article (below) it looks like the courts accepted the illegality of the perpetuity contract, the fact that buyers were not given the information they were entitled to and also that the resort did not comply with the right of withdrawal.

 

The article did not state the law firm which took on the case but it was finalised on 5th April 2016, with TCA publishing it on 4th May.

 

In this case the court awarded the client £11,839.22 The court also stated that interest on this sum was to be paid and all costs incurred by the trial. This is another ray of hope for many, it shows that the Supreme Court Rulings are being taken notice of in other courts.

 

http://www.timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2016/05/04/tatoc-members-macdonald-resorts-contracts-proven-null-and-void/

 

In another part of Spain a law firm which has been mentioned in articles here, has had a tremendous month. The main highlight to the Canarian Legal Alliance month was the payout of Mrs Grimsbo, the Norwegian client who made history with the first ever Supreme Court Ruling. She has as reported on 4th May been paid out over 43.000€.

champagne

http://www.canarianlegalalliance.com/payout-for-our-first-supreme-court-victory/

 

Now since The beginning of April the courts have made awards to CLA clients of over 361 893.14€ all against ANFI.

 

  • April 4            27 600€
  • April 11          52 095.72€
  • April 14         92 797.42€
  • April 21      130 000€
  • May 4           43 000€ (Grimsbo)
  • May 6           17 000€

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On April 26, CLA also had another victory, this time against Palm Oasis, the client in that case received an award of 26 000€. The award in this case was the perpetuity contract and the taking of a deposit within the cooling off period.

 

This is all in one month, how can the industry sustain payouts like this, all because in the past they thought they could get away with anything. They thought they were untouchable, well we have heard that before, now they are reaping the whirlwind, or is it a Tsunami as one paper put it!

So to finish, congratulations to the clients on your cases, well done to all the legal teams who fought for your rights. If the industry has any sense it would know that the writing’s on the wall, they can no longer behave as though they are lords and masters, that it is you the consumer/member that keeps them going and keeps them in a job.

on the wall

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