Coral Resorts Lawsuit: Public Documents Sealed in Damage Control Efforts

June 11, 2014 No Comments

Coral Resorts Lawsuit Timeshare LawyersThe timeshare plot thickens in the Coral Resorts lawsuit.

As previously reported, a major class action lawsuit was filed by 25 plaintiffs against Coral Resorts of Hilton Head, SC.

Recently, it came to light that the legal team at Coral Resorts made an expedient and aggressive motion to seal records that were once available for public viewing.

Timeshare Lawyers for Coral Resorts Lawsuit Plaintiffs Appeal Sealing of Documents

Timeshare lawyers for the plaintiffs are scrambling to appeal.

The records in question had previously been filed with the state’s Real Estate Commission, and included records mapping Coral Resorts’ internal structure, various properties owned by the company including the property management division, Reba Management, as well as Sunrise Vacation Properties, Lt., Coral’s sales and marketing company.

Before the documents were sealed, they had been gathered by the timeshare lawyers of the angry timeshare owners who initiated the Coral Resorts lawsuit. The documents were obtained by direct request through the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents could have a strong impact on the side of the plaintiffs in the case, as they included minutes of a hearing that revealed that Coral Resorts had not paid its state registration fees to legally sell timeshares since 2008. The company was cryptically referred to as “C.R.” throughout the documents, but was later revealed to be Coral Resorts.

During the Real Estate Commission hearing, a staff member of Coral Resorts actually acknowledged that the company failed to pay the fees to reinstate it’s registration to sell timeshares since at least 2008.

Timeshare Lawyers for Plaintiffs Missed Opportunity

The timeshare lawyers that initiated the Coral Resorts lawsuit was not in attendance of the hearing, as they were unaware of it having been scheduled.

Transcripts of the hearing evidently were forwarded to plaintiffs, Zach Naert and Joseph DuBois by an anonymous employee of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Evidently, even though Coral Resorts was allowed to pay their past-due fees, the company’s attorney, Nekki Shutt says they “categorically” deny any lapse in their registration to sell timeshares.

Of course, the timeshare lawyers for the plaintiffs attest that if Coral Resorts’ registration to sell timeshares did indeed lapse, contracts signed by timeshare owners would be nullified during the lapse period from 2008 until January 2013, the time of the commission hearing.

The case became more complicated because the state Real Estate Commission ruled that the details of the hearing were public information, while the final decision was to be held in private. When Coral Resorts’ legal team brought the motion for sealing the documents of the hearing before judge Ralph K. Anderson, III, ruled in favor of sealing the document due to the “bewildering” actions of the Real Estate Commission to arbitrarily make some information public and other information private. Judge Anderson also ordered that the documents that had been passed to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit be returned to the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

Various appeals, including one submitted by legal representatives of The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazzette have been made to unseal the documents, as yet with no success. Both newspapers were denied access to the documents, which were once public record. The newspapers had requested the documents in reporting about the Coral Resorts lawsuit.

Hiring Timeshare Lawyers to Take on Resort Legal Teams May End in Failure, or Worse!

Do you have a Coral Resorts timeshare, including  Port O’Call at Shipyard Plantation, Island Links, Coral Sands and Coral Reef resorts and you want to get out of your timeshare contract? If you do not qualify to participate in the class action lawsuit, contact Redemption and Release, LLC and see if you qualify for their Timeshare Redemption program! It’s the easiest, fastest way to get out from under an expensive timeshare obligation.

Because timeshare resorts employ multi-million-dollar legal teams, lawsuits initiated by timeshare owners and smaller law firms rarely are successful. And unfortunately, most timeshare contracts include a clause that requires timeshare owners to pay the resort’s legal fees in the event of a failed lawsuit against the company! That means you could go through a long, emotionally exhausting court battle with your timeshare resort and end up being thousands of dollars in debt to pay for their legal costs! And they are still stuck in their timeshare after the court case is over.

Unfortunately, timeshare lawyers are more expensive and are no guarantee that you’ll get out of your timeshare. Choosing Timeshare Redemption through Redemption and Release is the best way to quickly and effectively get free of a timeshare contract. The folks involved in the Coral Resorts lawsuits could well lose their case and still be stuck in their timeshare contracts, and possibly have to pay their own timeshare lawyers and the resort’s legal fees.