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)