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DALLAS: Silverleaf Resorts is going after Advocate for the Consumer (Mediation) dba Legal Advocate for the Consumer and its owners Charles H. Williams and Glenda Williams, suing them in Dallas County Court for tortious interference with contracts, intentional interference with prospective business relations, defamation and business disparagement.
Silverleaf is seeking actual and punitive damages.
The defendants in the lawsuit are timeshare transfer/relief/rescue/disposal entities that allegedly “made false allegations and published defamatory statements about Silverleaf in order to induce Silverleaf timeshare owners to pay significant up-front fees on the basis that defendants would ‘assist’ owners in terminating their contracts with Silverleaf”, according to the complaint filed on Nov. 6.
According to Silverleaf, “Once owners paid their fee and signed up for these services, defendants continued to defame and interfere (so as to lure their next victim), but performed no work on the owners’ individual cases aside from providing and/or mailing in form letters.”
The complaint says the defendants promote their business “as a mediation company, equipped with a team of lawyers, paralegals and former timeshare executives, that could assist consumers in ‘getting out’ of their timeshare contracts and obtaining refunds of their timeshare membership purchase. Defendants also promised that they would negotiate with Silverleaf for refunds of funds that owners had already paid under their timeshare contract.”
Silverleaf laid out the modus operandi of the defendants pretty extensively in its complaint, paying great attention to detail. Among other things, the complaint alleges the defendants posted “Silverleaf Resorts are liars” on Advocate for the Consumer’s Facebook profile — and that is true according to a screen shot I took of that page. Even more interesting, though, is what else is on that Facebook page. (clic on the pic to see it bigger) Besides the pious, self-righteous rhetoric on its timeline, look at the comments from clients on the left side of the screenshot. They’re not exactly paens of praise, are they?
The company has an “F” grade with the Better Business Bureau, and at least two of the main websites associated with them are no longer operative.
It’s a familiar profile and familiar complaints against timeshare disposal companies, from the convicted felons of the former VO Group to the notorious David and Cindy MacMillan of Timeshare Relief and at least 17 other companies.
In April 2013 the Texas Attorney General, in an action initiated by the Consumer Protection Agency, sued the same defendants (and their associated entities) in Dallas County Court, making similar accusations of no work being performed; an injunction and asset freeze were issued in May 2013.
The Order requires Legal Advocate for the Consumer to stop false, misleading and deceptive acts in their service to negotiate on behalf of timeshare owners to cancel timeshare contracts. Additionally, the Order requires the business to stop practicing law without a license and representing that the Office of the Attorney General has approved any goods or services sold by the business, or approved of any of the Defendants’ business practices.
(Note that Charles H. Williams has at least two known aliases that he used to do business, those being Chip Townsend and Charles Robertson.)
I’d guess that the AG’s action will be put to good use by Silverleaf in this case, ya think?
But I wonder what the odds are that any of the victims of that company will ever be made whole?
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