Suit claims repeated violations of federal and state debt collections laws and invasion of privacy
ORLANDO, FL (December 20, 2013) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of several timeshare owners at Orange Lake Resort alleging that the resort and its subsidiaries engaged in unfair consumer collections practices that violated state and federal law and invaded the privacy of the timeshare owners.
The suit, Laning, et al. v. Orange Lake Country Club Inc., et al., cause no. 2013-CA-014732-O, was filed Dec. 13 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, in Orange County.
The suit alleges that Orange Lake and its subsidiaries began contacting the timeshare owners using an automated dialing system. The harassing calls led the plaintiffs to believe they had to choose between paying an alleged debt or they would continue to receive the misdirected communications. The timeshare owners hired the Finn Law Group and the law firm notified Orange Lake of its representation. Despite the notice, Orange Lake continued its debt collection attempts. The complaint alleges violations of Florida’s Unfair Debt Collections Practices Act, the federal Telephone Communications Protection Act and invasion of privacy.
Michael D. Finn of Finn Law Group, a firm that has filed numerous regulatory complaints and litigation on behalf of consumers against the timeshare resort industry, states, “Litigation is never our first choice. This filing was deemed necessary after repeated requests to cease and desist were disregarded. We have terrific open communications with many of the resorts but cooperation has to be a two-way street.”
The timeshare owners seek an injunction that would put an end to the resort’s debt collection phone calls and letters as well as an award of damages, costs, attorneys’ fees and other relief the court deems proper.
The Finn Law Group, which has offices in Florida and Michigan, represents consumers in timeshare and related real estate matters. For more information, contact Michael D. Finn by calling 855-346-6529 or [email protected]
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