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.
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.
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.