Considering Timeshare Group Action Case? Read This First!
Taking timeshare group action is often a cost-effective way for consumers to deal with problems against large companies such as a timeshare resort, as contracts and constitutions are generally the same amongst all parties.
What is a group action?
Group actions are usually headed by an initial lead group of complainants who may have the desire to lower their own to legal costs. To achieve their goal they also encourage others to join with them in pursuit of a solution to their timeshare problem. Timeshare group action can often be a slow process but are usually successful due to having more support at hand.
Rules exist within the group whereby each member is committed to each other’s best interests. Within the group, there can be sub-groups who have particular issues to address. In these cases, changes to the constitutional rules may be required.
Consumers should not join action groups until they feel fully informed of the issues they are challenging.
How to join timeshare group action.
First and foremost you need to find others who are experiencing the same problems with the timeshare resort or contract. These can include costs, changes in contracts, mis-selling and much more.
The formation of the club committee is a very important aspect as it is this committee who will represent the members in all aspects of the forward litigation. Usually, five committee members are chosen to represent the whole group of people. It is advantageous to encourage a variety of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, to ensure that all members have a voice. It is also important to have committee members who do not have any financial interest in the outcome, such as a company or advisor. It is then important that the group come to a consensus to decide how they want to proceed with the case. It may be wise to seek legal advice and to consult an association on what your options are. There are a variety of associations and governing bodies who consumers can turn to.
Once advice has been sought, each member should consider –
1) That they can afford the estimates of the case
2) That there may be adverse cost order risk
3) That they have a strong enough case
4) That they have got confidence in their co-members and committee.
5) Any other less costly ways to achieve the case outcome.
As the timeshare action group is promoted, and other people come forward as going through the same issues, the number of members will keep on growing. However, if a group fails to grow, it may be the case that the concerns are not shared by other timeshare members, and the group should be disbanded.
If you want any advice on setting us a timeshare action group or have any concerns about the group that you are in, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of timeshare experts can help you to understand your options and the best way to proceed.