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Festiva Timeshare Owners File Class Action Lawsuit
March 13 2013
Orlando, Fl: A deceptive practices class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of timeshare owners at Festiva’s Orlando Resort, formerly known as Celebration World Resort, alleging that the resort’s developers and managers have engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in the sale of timeshare upgrades and reservation point allocation.
The class action lawsuit, Reeves, et al. v. Zealandia Holding Company Inc., et al., cause no. 13-CA-866-MF, was filed March 1 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, in Osceola County.
The suit alleges that, beginning in 2004, approximately 900 parties purchased timeshare interests in Celebration World Resort Owners Association, located in Kissimmee, Fla., from B.L. Vacation Ownership Inc. Between 2008 and 2011, representatives of B.L. Vacation Ownership sold upgrades to existing timeshare owners that would increase the number of points they had to apply to timeshare reservations.
After the homeowners purchased the upgrades, B.L. Vacations sold the resort to Festiva Hospitality Group, now known as Zealandia Holding Co., and the resort’s name was changed to Festiva’s Orlando Resort. After the sale, the lawsuit alleges, the reservation point system was changed and the upgrades that had been purchased by the timeshare owners were not honored.
The suit names the Orlando Homeowners Association, B.L. Vacation Ownership Inc., Zealandia Holding Co. and its subsidiary and affiliate companies, and RCI LLC as defendants. The suit alleges that one or more of the defendants:
Violated the resort’s declaration of covenants by improperly reallocating reservation points
Violated the resort’s declaration of covenants for failing to give proper notice of the reallocation
Breached the fiduciary duty owed to the timeshare owners
Violated Section 721.18(5) of Florida’s timeshare law
The timeshare owners seek a refund, rescission of the upgrade sales contracts, attorneys’ fees and other relief the court deems proper. Plaintiffs are represented by The Finn Law Group P.A.
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what can you do if you have lost thousands. Can you just stop paying the yearly charges?
Posted by Florence Jones
I hope the lawsuit is well. The resorts are always filled up. They shouldn't be charging for rollovers.
Posted by Hawkeye
I am also a victim and I have been fraudulently deceived by Celebration World Resort when I was sold the upgrade. I would also like to join this lawsuit.
I would like to highlight the State of Florida has also permitted (under license) Celebration World Resort to trade as a bussiness under their jurisdiction and control ALLOWING Celebration World Resort to commit fraud.
The State of Florida has also failed to take legal action against Celebration World Resort for their fraudulent bussiness dealings.
The State of Florida has also failed to protect the consumer the owners who are the victims.
With this in mind a Lawsuit should be taken out against the State of Florida
Posted by Janet Harris
Last year Festiva started charging 5cents to roll over your points that you had already payed for with your maintenance fee (you get 8000 points.). It cost me $400.00 more dollars. I wanted to use those points and I was told I would need to use my new points first and pay my new maintenance fee first!!!! The points I had the year before was dropped ( a loss to me because I did not use them around 3500 points). I am not paying $400.00 to roll over my points, this was not in my contract. Has this happened to anyone else??? Are we liable each time Festiva comes up with ways to make us pay more? How in the world can I get out of this contract, I paid several thousands of dollars for this Adventure Club and I feel they are nothing but a scam.
Posted by Danielle Smith
I an a victim as well. Was very happy with my Celebration World Resort ownership which I purchased in 2004. Festiva talked me into upgrading 2 times. Most recently lied tome about using points to cover my maintenance fees. I would like information on joining this class action law suit.
Posted by Melvin L Moore
Can any Festiva Adventure Club owner join the suit? If so, then how? I also fell like they are a scam.
Posted by Heng-wei Cheng
I am one of the owners. Any results about the lawsuit, please.
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