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8/6/2019 10:24:33 AM

ARDA-ROC Applauds Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for Action Taken Against Timeshare Exit Company

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The American Resort Development Association –Resort Owner’s Coalition (ARDA-ROC), representing over 1.5 million timeshare owners, applauded Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for filing a consumer protection lawsuit against Brian Scroggs, Bart Bowe and their Bentonville-based company Real Travel, LLC for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. 

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6/25/2019 8:39:52 AM

Better Business Bureau Study Highlights Exit Companies’ Fraud Against Timeshare Owners Across the U.S.

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The American Resort Development Association ­— Resort Owner’s Coalition (ARDA-ROC), representing over 1.5 million timeshare owners, recommends that owners read the study issued by the Better Business Bureau of Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois, before engaging with any third-party exit or relief company.  

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6/11/2019 8:37:17 AM

Judge’s Ruling Demonstrates the Pattern of Fraud and Deception Perpetrated by Exit Firms on Unsuspecting Timeshare Owners

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A judge for the United States District Court Middle District of Florida Orlando Division ruled against Mitchell Reed Sussman & Associates, a timeshare exit firm, in the case brought on by Westgate Resorts, a resort developer headquartered in Orlando, Florida. In the summary judgment ruling, the judge stated, “Mr. Sussman’s letters informing timeshare owners they successfully exited… are objectively deceptive.” The court also stated that, “Contrary to what owners were told, stopping payments does not effectuate a timeshare exit,” which is a tactic many companies and individuals in the timeshare exit industry attempt to use.

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6/7/2019 1:31:56 PM

Resort Owner’s Coalition Applauds Better Business Bureau of Missouri for Exposing Timeshare Exit Companies’ Fraudulent Practices

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The American Resort Development Association ­— Resort Owner’s Coalition (ARDA-ROC), representing over 1.5 million timeshare owners, recommends that owners read the full report that the Better Business Bureau of Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois issued on June 6, 2019, to better understand the unscrupulous and deceptive practices in the timeshare exit industry. The report cites 700 complaints from 46 states and millions of dollars of losses to consumers. 

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4/24/2019 3:58:18 PM

Timeshare Owner's Coalition Issues Warning About Third-Party Exit Companies

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 After events in a courtroom in Fort Lauderdale on April 18, the American Resort Development Association—Resort Owners’ Coalition (ARDA-ROC), representing more than 1.5 million timeshare owners, is reiterating its warning to consumers regarding third-party exit companies. Consumers should thoroughly investigate the business practices of these companies prior to engaging their services or paying upfront fees. “A top priority for ROC is to provide information and resources to our timeshare owners to help protect them from dishonest individuals or companies trying to take advantage of them,” said ARDA‐ROC Chairman Ken McKelvey.  

 

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4/4/2019 11:40:12 AM

Jason Gamel Named New President & CEO

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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) announced today that Jason Gamel will be the new president and CEO, following an extensive national search lead by executive search firm, Spencer Stuart. In late March, the ARDA executive committee endorsed Gamel as the successful candidate. Gamel brings more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality and timeshare industries, including his current role as senior vice president of legal at Wyndham Destinations.  

 

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3/11/2019 10:34:11 AM

Large Timeshare Exit Companies Oppose Legislation That Protects Consumers

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“The constant pressure that our member companies, owners and federal and state agencies are putting on disreputable timeshare exit companies has again produced a positive result for the consumer,” said Robert Clements, ARDA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. 

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9/14/2018 9:02:59 AM

Timeshare Industry Fighting Back to End Exit Fraud: One Major Firm Disbarred and Another Files Bankruptcy

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“The constant pressure that our member companies, owners and federal and state agencies are putting on disreputable timeshare exit companies has again produced a positive result for the consumer,” said Robert Clements, ARDA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.

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