Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, we ended last week with a warning of yet another fake law firm rearing its ugly head, Servicios Legales Barcelona. As we explained, this name has been used to completely confuse any consumer who attempts an internet search, as in Spain it is a general term for “legal services”. One piece of information was the bank account details, a Royal Bank of Scotland account in the name of a private individual. What could be better proof of a scam?
We begin with some news which we came across over the weekend from the US, as we know it is the season for the annual maintenance fee bills, which many owners/members dread each year. The same question is always asked, how much have they increased?
Well, at the moment most don’t know, but one increase in the timeshare owners/members costs has been announced. RCI (Resorts Condominiums International), is increasing their “exchange” fee for next year.
Obviously, this news is from our friends in the US, so at present, we don’t know if this will also apply to European owners/members, we suspect it will.
There are also other fees involved with RCI membership and usage, so it will be interesting to see if any of these change as well.
These links below explain how RCI works and in the second link they also show the other charges that you may encounter.
There also appears to be a lot of discussion on some US forums regarding the Hilton acquisition of Diamond, once again the focus is on the sales agents and what they are telling members in order to “upgrade” them.
It now seems the discussion is gaining ground with Hilton members, unsure of how all this is going to affect them, with reports surrounding sales agents’ tactics beginning to mirror those of Diamond.
Apparently, Hilton may be launching a non-deeded trust-based product, whereas at present they are deeded. This also appears to mimic Diamond products and according to our information will be using “Event of a Lifetime” to up-sell existing members.
As Inside Timeshare receives further information we will be publishing an article on this subject, it may just give our European readers some insight as to what they may expect.
After publishing Friday’s article, late news arrived about another Marriott case, this time it was from the Court of First Instance Number 8 of Palma de Mallorca.
The presiding judge declared two contracts illegal and therefore null & void, ordering MVCI Management and MVCI Holidays to repay the German client a total of 68,262€.
In his sentence, the judge ordered the repayment of 44,870€ for the purchase and also ordered a further 23,262€ in respect of the illegally taken deposits. As we know all the courts are following the Supreme Court ruling on the repayment in double the amount of any illegally taken deposit. The court also awarded the client Legal Interest on the full amount.
The case was prepared and presented on behalf of the client by Canarian Legal Alliance, it now remains to be seen if Marriott deposits this amount with the court without the need for any enforcement proceedings.
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Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, apologies for the lack of articles last week, this was due to unforeseen circumstances. Over the past few weeks, we have been publishing warnings about the FAKE law firm operating out of Tenerife, known as The Litigious Abogados Family, further information has confirmed that they are all indeed linked and are also linked to scams perpetrated years ago. Last week was also very busy on the courts front, with more news of Anfi appeals being dismissed and also two new Marriott cases ending in favour of the client.
We begin with our Fake law firms, Olmo, Logra and JR Abogados, well these are actually not fake law firms, their names and websites have been stolen and are being used by the criminals to give themselves credibility.
This is nothing new for this lot, we have seen them use Presidents, Ambassadors and eminent Judges among others on their own websites over the years, what is new here is the fact they are using genuine law firms.
It was the result of information received that they had begun operating again after a time in the shadows. They came under various names, but the one prominent feature was the email address they used, [email protected] and the website which is no longer operating www.consumeract75.co.uk
Their name began to appear a couple of years after this article in conjunction with our fake law firms. Former “clients/victims” of Solutions Group were contacted regarding “a court case against their timeshare company”, which had been filed with the courts in Tenerife.
The “client/victim” has been awarded ex-amount of compensation and the “new” law firm “instructed” by Solutions Group will get your money for you. Just a matter of some taxes, court fees etc to deal with first.
It has now been confirmed by several readers who have had contact with all three new “law firms”, that it is a result of their initial dealings with Solutions Group, that their case has been taken to court and it is guaranteed you will be paid out. After all, going by all the other “cases” they have won, the timeshare company pleaded “guilty”. Oh, look, a flying pig!
So our conclusion is that they are all one and the same people, or two different groups working together using data from previous scams. Either way, they have your data and will exploit it as best they can so beware of the “wonderful” news you are about to receive in a cold call.
If you have been contacted by these fraudsters and were also a “client/victim” of Solutions Group Tenerife, please get in touch with Inside Timeshare, your information may be useful.
The first appeal involved a Norwegian client, whose contract was declared null and void, with the court awarding 16.030€ in respect of the purchase prices plus a further 22,900€ for the illegally taken deposits. They were also awarded legal interest and legal costs.
The High Court confirmed this original sentence and the case is now back with the lawyers for filing with the Mercantile Court.
The second High Court ruling for the English client is a great result, at their original hearing the Court of First Instance had no hesitation declaring the contract null and void and awarding the client 24,158€ plus legal interest.
Obviously, Anfi once again appealed to the High Court, but so did the lawyers of CLA.
The Court of First Instance had not included the payment of double any deposit taken illegally, which was clearly established by the Supreme Court as a way of sanctioning the timeshare companies.
The High Court agreed, awarding a further 15,861€ and also included legal costs, as for the appeal by Anfi, well, once again it is a loss.
The court not only declared the contract null and void, but awarded 23,292€ for the purchase of the contracts plus a further 36,000€ in respect of illegally taken deposits. The client was also awarded legal interest and legal costs.
In the same courthouse but in Court Number 3, the judge declared another Marriott contract null and void and the repayment of 9664€ Plus legal interest.
All these cases were prepared and presented to the court by lawyers of Canarian Legal Alliance, we now wait to see if Marriott once again submit payment to the courts without the need for enforcement.
That is all for today, if you would like further information on your timeshare contracts and you would like to know your rights and options if it is illegal, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.
Welcome to the Tuesday Slot with Inside Timeshare, today we have a look at the latest news on Anfi from the courts, I’m afraid it is the usual old stuff where Anfi are hammered again. First, we recap on the news around the liquidations of Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, this includes an update from CLA to their clients. Inside Timeshare along with all the law firms and lawyers working on Anfi cases, are aware that many clients are being contacted with some very disturbing false information. If you have received any call, email or text making wild claims, please inform your lawyers and contact Inside Timeshare with the details.
The placing into “necessary bankruptcy” of the two Anfi entities by the Mercantile Court of Las Palmas recently did not really take everyone by surprise, it was known to be on the cards, it was the speed with which it all happened. In one of the fastest decisions we have seen from any of the courts, the judge issued his findings and rulings.
What has come as a surprise by many is the story behind it, a company which the Mercantile Court has noted is not in “bad condition”, in other words, it is recoverable. It is all the underlying reason behind what has gone on at Anfi which has shocked many, mainly the thousands of Anfi members.
Below are a few links to the recent story, it gives a good background to what is going on, which brings us to our press release from Canarian Legal Alliance. This has been published on their website and all their clients have been notified.
Canarian Legal Alliance would like to update its clients with claims against Anfi, after the declaration of the forced administration procedure.
Our law firm has now communicated all credit requests to the court-appointed administrator, supporting them with documentary proof. The court-appointed administrator has to revise and study them one by one, then file his findings (approval or not) to the mercantile court. Depending on the quantity of the creditors this can take a couple of months. During this time the cases in the civil courts will continue as normal.
In the meantime, he is also studying Anfi in order to establish the assets it has and to develop a viability plan for its continuity hand in hand with the payout of its debts. Naturally, our law firm is at his disposal for any clarification or help he might seek.
We would also like to inform our clients that the current administration of Anfi has launched an appeal against the decision of the first instance court putting the company into administration, as it was foreseen and announced by us earlier. Now the magistrates from a high court have to evaluate the case and pass their resolution on it.
We will keep you updated.
Canarian Legal Alliance
If you have a case against Anfi, please contact your own lawyers for any updates if you have not yet been informed, only they can answer your questions.
Now for some of the latest court news where Anfi has been well and truly “Hammered”.
In a very unusual twist, we actually have a ruling from the Court of First Instance Number 4 of SBT, it is unusual as all the other cases we hear about are from the High Court.
This is the court where all the cases begin, from the filing, the pre-trial and then the full hearing. They have consistently found in favour of the clients in accordance with the Spanish Timeshare Laws and the confirmation of those laws by the Supreme Court.
In this case, the Anfi contract was declared illegal and therefore null & void as it breached the law on several major points. Along with the contract being dismissed the court also ordered Anfi to repay the full purchase price of 22,168€ plus legal interest and legal costs.
The judge also ordered the repayment of 11.084€ in respect of illegally taken payments within the statutory cooling-off period, making a grand total of 33,252€.
The German Client has been informed of the situation regarding the Mercantile Court and they will be presented before the administrator in due course.
We now move to the High Court of Las Palmas, as you are all aware, this is where Anfi takes all their cases for appeal, why we don’t actually know apart from it is their “legal right”!
Last week, High Court Number 3 issued three rulings on Anfi appeals, once again the judges sitting on the appeal were unanimous in their findings, the Anfi appeal was rejected and dismissed.
In all three cases the court ratified the sentence of the Court of First Instance, ruling the contracts null and void and the repayment to all three clients the following:
All have been awarded legal interest and legal costs.
High Court Number 5 also deliberated over an appeal by Anfi, in their judgement, they concurred with all previous rulings from the various High Courts and unanimously found in favour of the client.
They endorsed the sentence of the Court of First Instance, declaring the contract null & void and confirming the repayment of 35,423€ plus legal interest and legal costs.
As with all cases against Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, these clients will now be presented to the administrator for inclusion as creditors.
As we end today’s article, we must remind you that there are legal procedures your lawyers have to abide by, the courts, this may come as a surprise; are very ordered in how they function. No lawyer or law firm can fast track your claim. If you are told otherwise then contact your own lawyers.
Do you have a contract purchased in Spain, have you been told you have a “claim”, would you like to know if you do have a contract that does breach Spanish Timeshare Law and what your legal rights are?
Please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.