Redemption and Release Complaints Alert – Coral Resorts Sued for Consumer Timeshare Fraud

May 28, 2014 No Comments

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Redemption and Release complaints division has recently taken steps to alert timeshare owners to the latest legal action taken against timeshare companies and resorts.

In doing so, they’ve discovered a lawsuit recently filed in the Circuit Court of South Carolina against Coral Resorts, the company that operates several different timeshare resorts in the state.

The Chief Justice of South Carolina, Jean Toal, has pushed forward proceedings on 20 suits that have been ordered against Coral Resorts, a timeshare company in Hilton Head.

The pending cases have been forwarded to Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard, as well as any future cases.

It was explained by the Chief Justice that putting the lawsuits under the charge of one judge would facilitate improved efficiency and uniformity in the rulings overall.

Designation of a single judge to preside over a collection of lawsuits against one company is a fairly common practice, according to South Carolina Supreme Court supervisor Rosalyn Frierson.

Timeshare owners who initiated the claims have asserted that Coral Resorts knowingly misled them into purchasing their timeshares. Coral Resorts is the parent company of Coral Sands, Coral Reef, Port O’Call at Shipyard Plantation, as well as Island Links resorts.

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The plaintiffs expressed that they were victims of deceitful sales pitches and that the contracts that they eventually signed did not comprise the same stipulations that were expressed during the sales presentation. For instance, one married couple involved in the class action suit has claimed that they were promised a poolside timeshare villa, which was actually not included in the final contract and thus denied to them once the contract took effect.

Legal representatives for Coral Resorts, as well as the Mayor of Hilton Head Island, Drew Laughlin, expressed the desire for the lawsuits to be presented in the newly created Business Court. The Business Court was established to reduce the Circuit Court’s caseload. In the past, it was the Circuit Court that usually would manage business-to-business cases. The approval of the Chief Justice is required prior to any case being sent to the Business Court, as explained on the website of the South Carolina Department of Justice.

The attorney leading the defense team for Coral Resorts, attorney Nekki Shutt,  made the comment that there is “no substantive distinction” between the court divisions, and that Coral’s legal team is eager to begin trying the cases promptly and believe the cases have no real merit.

Attorneys Zach Naert and Joe DuBois, representing the majority of the timeshare owners involved in the case are glad that the Chief Justice has chosen to have the case heard in the Circuit Court, rather than the Business Court.  Naert and DuBois attest that the lawsuits are cases of consumer fraud, thus not business-to-business disputes.

A hearing was held by Judge Kinard in Beaufort, SC to arrange the court schedule. Attorney Shutt expressed objection to the media presence throughout the hearing, which resulted in removal of journalists from the proceedings.

This is not the first time Attorneys Naert and DuBois have faced Coral Resorts in legal disputes.  Back in December 2014, Coral Resorts brought legal action against Naert and DuBois for unauthorized use of the Coral Resorts registered trademarks in the legal firm’s website. Coral Resorts claimed that the use of said trademarked images has damaged their business as a result. DuBois and Naert have motioned to have the dispute dismissed. The suit is currently still pending.

Redemption and Release Complaints Department Can Help You

The Redemption and Release complaints department frequently discovers timeshare class action lawsuits and other timeshare complaints and publishes this information for the benefit of timeshare owners who may be unaware that others have suffered timeshare sales fraud. Arming yourself with information is the first step to fighting back and ridding yourself of fraudulent and deceptive timeshare contract obligations.

If you are looking for an easy, legal way to get out of a timeshare contract you should contact the professionals at Redemption and Release. Share your timeshare story with the Redemption and Release complaints department and find out how they can help you.