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Attorney General Brnovich Announces $800,000 Settlement with Diamond Resorts
Settlement Agreement Resolves Allegations of Consumer Fraud Act Violations

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that the State of Arizona has entered into a settlement agreement with Diamond Resorts Corporation, a timeshare sales company with resorts located in the United States and internationally.  The assurance of discontinuance requires Diamond to pay the State a total of $800,000, of which $650,000 will be used for consumer restitution and $150,000 for the State’s attorneys’ fees and costs.  The assurance also includes a relinquishment program, which requires Diamond to allow qualifying consumers, who no longer want their timeshares, to return them to Diamond with no further obligations.    
 
The State has received hundreds of consumer complaints against Diamond Resorts.  Consumers complained that Diamond used deceptive sales practices and made numerous oral misrepresentations and false statements during timeshare sales presentations.  Some of the alleged misrepresentations are related to:   

  • Annual increases in maintenance fees;
  • Membership resale and buy-back programs; 
  • Timeshare membership resale market;
  • Ability to rent timeshare vacations; and
  • Discounts on other travel needs.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office alleged that Diamond employees’ actions and statements violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

Under the settlement, which is subject to court approval, Diamond agreed to make a number of changes to its business practices that will benefit consumers, including requirements to make specific disclosures during timeshare sales presentations.
 
The relinquishment program will be available to qualifying consumers who no longer want their Diamond Resorts timeshares.  To be considered for the relinquishment program, consumers must: (1) no longer want their Diamond timeshare; (2) have purchased their timeshare after 2011 and prior to January 22, 2017, and (3) file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office within 120 days after the court signs the order (deadline expected to occur near the end of April / beginning of May) . 

To file a complaint against Diamond, or if you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by contacting the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1(800) 352-8431.  Bilingual consumer protection staff members are available to assist. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s website at https://www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer.
 
This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Alyse Meislik.
 
For additional information, members of the media may contact Ryan Anderson at (602) 542-8302 or Ryan.Anderson@azag.gov.

For further information, this is a quoted extract dated 23rd December, 2016 from     https://www.azag.gov/press-release/attorney-general-brnovich-announces-800000-settlement-diamond-resorts

kel9soccer I bought mine in AZ, around feb/march 2017. Anyone know if I may still qualify to take part in this?
lnchrstn I am telling a story, true or maybe not true, about a woman who joined DRIP in 2013. In the year prior she was duped out...
quadfire Very interesting. I dont meet the criteria but might just file a complaint anyway.

There is a report that discloses that Diamond Resorts is being sold for $2.2 Billion by our dear friend Mr Cloobeck and his mates.

Read all about it on this link: DRI BEING SOLD

Bye Bye, SC. We will all miss you so much.

I must admit to wondering if the buyers realise what they are inheriting.

For those who have taken out timeshare recently, there is a new EU directive which details how you can escape from the 'contract' - it's a very long document but there is a brief summary available on the link below, together with a further link to the document itself.

Nothing unexpected, but good news for all timeshare victims.

http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumer_rights/travel/timeshare/index_en.htm

USA DRI Members

Dwaelf the Wanderer a posted Aug 22, 15

We've been getting an increasing amount of applications from disappointed and disillusioned DRI owners from the US lately,  and have been wondering how best to help them out.

As our admin team hail from the other side of that big pond known as The Atlantic Ocean, we have a greater understanding of the legal implications of timeshare membership as a whole and DRI (Sunterra/GVC/whatever) membership in particular and we have a large member base in the UK and Europe who happily share their experiences with the company in the forums.

Our US members tend to be more reticent, though we have had some who have been willing to keep in touch and confirm that they have managed to free themselves from their timeshare. We therefore ask our US members in particular to please post on the forums tactics that have helped them to escape so that we can increase our knowledge base of how things pan out over there in the Wild West.

Information US members may find Interesting

Having said that, we do have admin members who trawl around the Internet finding out interesting snippets all over the place, and here are some things that have recently been discovered:

There was a posting on the web at http://insidethegate.com - it was a press release dated May 18 2015 by the lawyers  Mitchell, Read, Sussman and Associates. In their own site there examples of actual US "release" letters from DRI.

It was heard in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Judgement date February 4 2015, award finalised April 20 2015. Case number PSC 1400640

This case received little publicity and it was interesting that shortly afterwards the article about this in the Insidethegate Facebook page disappeared, BUT it is still available at http://insidethegate.com/2015/05the-law-offices-of-mitchell-reed-sussman-associates dated 27/07/2015 and, of course, in the lawyers' own site. (at least, it was until recently - hopefully still is!)

We are reluctant to post details on a public page of the site, but thought that it might be of interest for US members to investigate this further and see if they have better luck in accessing the court records than we have had so far.

As this was a US arbitration case and not a court case result we are not sure about the precedent status in US terms but it is still a very adverse result for DRI.

(Many thanks to the team member who researched this - she knows who she is and how much her input is appreciated)

teresa I have been interacting with 26 individuals concerned with aggressive and deceptive marketing, transfer agent scams endo...
TAC needing to get rid of diamond resort before jan 1st.....need help with letter and things...
tuono24 I just told them I wasn't going to pay any more I ignored all letters and eventually they got the message and sold ...
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We resigned from DRI Europe in June. They said we were not longer in the club but would co.ntinue to be liable for management charges unless we got rid of our points. True enough, we got invoice today. I returned it saying it had been sent in error!
This article is a Bluegreen about an Army vet with blood cancer, Friday was disable Marine and next week a disabled vet DRI member fraud so bad I spent all afternoon on the phone with the FBI [link] a
Our article on DRI closing the EU DRI sales centers.[link]
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