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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.