A court in The United States has granted a permanent injunction against a timeshare exit attorney, who Diamond Resorts say was mis-leading their customers.
The ruling, which was made late last year, means Ken Privett cannot contact Diamond Resorts members about his services in the future. The lawsuit began back in 2017 and was another warning to the industry that they were serious about tackling the ongoing problem of scam companies meddling with their members. Diamond said this individual was masquerading as a legitimate attorney and made false claims to Diamond owners. They say Ken Privett scared owners and encouraged them to exit their timeshare contracts. He also charged victims very large upfront fees for his services which Diamond say he did not perform.
In settling the case, Privett paid an undisclosed amount to Diamond resorts and was issued with a permanent injunction prohibiting Privett from contacting or assisting Diamond members in anything relating to their Diamond Timeshare memberships. He is also prohibited from assisting others in the timeshare exit business or providing ‘similar deceptive services. In a separate, but related, court order, Privett has been asked to produce documents that demonstrate how he ‘represented’ timeshare owners.
To date Diamond has been extremely steadfast and successful in its pursuit against fraudulent companies. In fact, so far they have had 10 successful permanent injunctions made against fraudulent companies, prohibiting them from interfering with Diamond owners. They currently have another 15 cases going through the courts in The United States alone.
Unfortunately, timeshare does not have a good reputation which has only got worse over the years, and this attracts the attention of scam artists who know there is a market for people who are desperate to get out of their timeshare burdens. Diamond Resorts often target scam companies and are correct to do so as companies that are clearly defrauding people should be stopped and prosecuted. These frauds prey on people’s weaknesses and desperation and in many cases, people have been scammed out of huge amounts of money which can have a devastating impact on a person. It makes knowing who to trust when it comes to anything timeshare very difficult and understandably, owners are often confused about what to do when it comes to exiting a timeshare. Perhaps if the resorts themselves looked at the way they treated people who had genuine reasons for wanting to end their contracts and acted with more compassion and understanding, fraudulent companies and scammers would not have a market in which they can so freely find people in which to victimise and con out of their cash.
People who enter into Timeshare agreements often find it difficult to keep up with the mounting maintenance fees and simply cannot afford it any longer. They may also find that the Timeshare no longer suits their needs and simply want to end the contract. There are too many individuals who are willing to take advantage of Timeshare owners and offer fake products, along with Timeshare exit schemes. Before agreeing to any Timeshare termination or exit procedure with an individual or company, seek independent advice and fully research any company you are thinking of working with.