Irene Parker Diamond Resort Legal Defense Fund

My GoFundMe is a Legal Defense fund to cover legal expenses concerning a lawsuit Diamond Resorts filed against Finn Law Group in 2015. I received a subpoena to produce documents it would be humanly impossible, as an individual, to produce without technological and legal support.  In the YouTube, Angela and her father Roy Simmons explains why the family ended up with $2,700 a month in timeshare loan payments.  

I have listened to, or have read, complaints from over 1,000 timeshare families. Approximately 20% are from veterans and active duty service members. Over 700 of the complaints are members of Diamond Resorts. When asked a legal question, or when an angry and desperate timeshare buyer doesn’t have the time or temperament to self-advocate, or the member has reached the end of his or her regulatory filing rope, I refer to one of seven law firms I know and trust. 

It is apparent Diamond Resort intends financial harm to my family. I was deposed for six hours by Baker Hostetler. I answered many questions affirming I have never been compensated or received anything of value from a timeshare member or from a law firm. I am at 52 volunteer hours per week due to the volume of calls and the level of desperation expressed by those who seek to be rid of their timeshare. 

Finn Law Group is a respected law firm. The firm has top AVVO and Martindale-Hubble ratings, and an A+ BBB rating. Recently, Finn Law Group filed a national multi-million dollar class action case against Capital One over data theft. In 2015, the firm settled a class action filed against Bluegreen, Equifax and Experian which resulted in 11,000 Bluegreen members able to get the fatal foreclosure designation expunged from their credit reports. Going forward, Bluegreen is not allowed to report a loan default as a foreclosure for their right-to-use product. 

Mike Finn has been practicing law for nearly 50 years and has never been charged or faced disciplinary proceeding. 

My timeshare journey began in July of 2015 when my husband Don and I were invited to be interviewed by the late Las Vegas attorney Bob Massi, for his FOX News show Property Man. I wrote to Bob after experiencing a timeshare presentation at Diamond’s Grand Beach Resort in Orlando that was unpleasant, predatory and deceptive. My Inside Timeshare Tuesday Talk September 24, 2019 article explains the subpoena and contains a link to The peasant of Venice and the Queen of Versailles 

Inadvertently, I became a contributor for Jim Cramer of CNBC Mad Money’s investment news service TheStreet. I also wrote articles for Op-Ed News, and currently, I publish articles about timeshare for Inside Timeshare on Tuesdays and Fridays (Tuesday Talk and Friday’s Letter from America). Inside Timeshare is based in Spain. Collectively, I’m told my readership has grown. 

Of the 700 Diamond Resort families that have contacted me through Inside Timeshare, or through Social Media, over 100 are Platinum Diamond members.   These highest loyalty level members reported that they bought timeshare points they believed could be used to pay maintenance fees, only to learn later no such program existed. Other complaints are about being told if they purchased additional points, they would be able to resell points. Timeshares have no secondary market value. 

I have retained two law firms. For over three years, attorneys I have gotten to know have provided timeshare members and me free legal advice. This has often been in the form of an initial consultation - when the timeshare member must make the decision to retain counsel or self-advocate. 

Diamond’s contract has a class action ban that must be “opted-out” of within 30 days of signing the contract, forcing binding and private arbitration. In the trial I attended, Diamond Resorts v Austin Aaronson, an attorney representing Diamond stated Diamond had only lost one arbitration case. In the complex contract, there is a sentence that states, “I did not rely on any verbal representation to make my purchase.” Thus, self-advocacy has been a better alternative for many. The process requires contacting the resort, and if dismissed, filing a series of appropriate regulatory complaints. 

Indirectly, the attorneys I’ve retained are representing you, the timeshare buyer who experienced unfair and deceptive sales practices - because Diamond offered me a refund after I filed complaints with the Arizona and New York Attorneys General. I refused to sign Diamond’s non-disclosure agreement. 

So, the financial harm directed against my family is the cost of responding to a subpoena. Two law firms have been representing me pro bono for over a year, but this recent action goes beyond what should be expected from any attorney who has generously donated many billable hours to our cause.   

The lawsuit Diamond Resorts filed against Finn Law Group as reported by the Orlando Sentinel      

Finn and Diamond signed a settlement agreement in 2015 because Finn Law Group was bringing so many cases against the company, according to Diamond’s lawsuit.

It says in its latest lawsuit documents that the contract required them to cancel a number of contracts for Finn’s clients, while Finn agreed to stop reaching out to Diamond timeshare owners.

Diamond says Finn disclosed the contract to third parties, violating an agreement to keep it confidential. But Finn responded in court that Diamond failed to cancel some of the contracts it had promised to, while the timeshare company also violated the confidentiality agreement, rendering the contract void. 

I was a panel participant at the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival  held in Washington DC July 2019. There I learned any whistleblower worth his or her salt will experience retaliation that can financially destroy a family and ruin a career. Baker Hostetler, the law firm that issued the subpoena, is closely aligned with the timeshare lobby ARDA.   
42301666_1569502175381075_r.jpegFrom left: Richard Hill, M.D. a VA whistleblower,
Maureen Elias, Associate Director Vietnam veterans of America,
Jackie Garrick, a DoJ whistleblower Whistleblowers of America
Irene Parker, the peasant of Venice

Diamond Member Articles About or By Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Defense Department employees with a Security Clearance 
John  Collick, Congressional Candidate (VA-3) 
Navy veteran family Platinum Protest March 2019 
Bronze Star Veteran Brenda Santos January 4, 2019 
Elaine Lim Department of Defense Security Clearance Nov 30 2018 
Vietnam Army Veteran Wilma Miller Family October 2, 2018 
Army Veteran Leo Gomez, deceased, 2 Purple Hearts Sept 21, 2018 
Army Veteran George Yamada Agent Orange Disabled Sept 11, 2018 
Marine Veteran John Collick, July 3, 2018 
Army Veterans Gad and Noreen Daytona Regency Protest 
Army Vietnam Veteran Sean Wolfer, 100% Disabled Agent Orange 
Marine Veteran Raymond Mori, 100% Disabled, 2 Purple Hearts 
Army Veteran Joshua Parker, 90% Disabled 
Active Duty Air Force Kevin Hopkin, Security Clearance 
Navy Veteran Roy Simmons, retired letter carrier  
Navy Veteran Scotty Black, disabled Homeland Security
Security Clearance
Timeshare can pose a National Security Threat 
Army Veteran Anthony Davis, 90% disabled 
Army Veteran Samuel Melendez, trained chemical, nuclear, biochemical defense, 21 years 
Active Duty Navy Amanda and George Jones, Security Clearances 
Coast Guard Veteran Alan Callner 
Gulf War Veteran Callahan Family, disabled, April 24, 2017 
A Military Family, March 6 2017 
Canadian Army the Hurleyy, January 25, 2017 

Many of the disputes have been resolved. As a courtesy, I do not publish the link after a dispute is resolved, but under the circumstances, I want their stories retold. 

I am still a Diamond customer.

Thank you for the advance pledges already received.

Irene Parker


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