Diamond Resorts International, a Las Vegas-based timeshare company with resorts in Orlando, is pursuing legal action against two Orlando businessmen who are involved in timeshare cancellation.
It’s part of bevy of lawsuits file by timeshare companies this year against attorneys and businesses who offer to handle cancelling a timeshare contract for consumers
Diamond’s latest lawsuit targets Lake Mary attorney Allan Campbell and businessman William W. Howell Jr., along with companies they are involved with such as Orlando Ventures Inc., Helping Timeshare Owners Inc., Allan Campbell Attorney at Law LLC, which is also known as Best Defense Law Team.
Diamond also has sued Longwood attorney Austin Aaronson, accusing him in court documents of racketeering, which he denies.
Over the past month, four timeshare companies have filed multiple lawsuits against several timeshare cancellation firms, including three suits against the Tennessee firm of Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, the Castle Law Group.
In Diamond’s lawsuit against Campbell, the resort company accuses Campbell of luring customers away from Diamond, disparaging the Diamond brand, making false statements and damaging Diamond financially.
An online forum for timeshare owners, the Timeshare Users Group, has seen messages about timeshare cancellation, said Brian Rogers, administrator of the site. He warns people to stay away from cancellation services.
Rogers previously told the Sentinel, “This industry is masterful at coming up with ways to part owners from money by misleading or outright lying to them.”
The lawsuits allege illegal tactics by the attorneys and related marketing firms, who are accused of charging big fees to offer “guarantees” they will get you out of your timeshare. The cancellation companies are also called “third-party exit” firms or TPE’s.
The timeshare companies say a growing number of cancellation attorneys – including Campbell – aren’t doing anything for their clients — except maybe writing a letter to the timeshare firm, and then urging owners to stop making payments on their timeshare, which can put them in credit default.