Club Exploria to Pay the Aaronson Law Firm $175,000 in Attorney Fees – and Why Timeshare Members Need Attorneys

Club Exploria, LLC, domiciled in Florida, agreed to pay Florida attorney Austin Aaronson, of Aaronson Law Firm, $175,000 in attorney fees following the conclusion of a lawsuit Case No. 6:18-cv-00576-JA-DCI. Club Exploria alleged tortious interference in a contractual relationship. The courts determined that there was insufficient evidence to show that Aaronson intentionally influenced Club Exploria owners to cease meeting their timeshare debt and maintenance fee obligations.

Timeshare Developers have waged war with more than a few attorneys. While some attorneys have displayed questionable business practices, Developers seem to think no one should retain even a reputable law firm, like Aaronson Law Firm, when disputing a timeshare contract.

As I listened to the March 8th Oral Arguments at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, Florida, it seemed patience was wearing thin among the three appellate court judges: As has become apparent in this District, few parties are as adversarial – or as litigious – as timeshare developers and timeshare exit companies. 

Judge Tjoflat brought up a Common Law stating that any party has a right to breach a contract if they understand the risks and benefits of doing so: Assuming without deciding that Florida law authorizes a tortious interference claim against a lawyer based on his advice to a client, the mere fact a person hires a lawyer to assist him (or her) with a disputed contractual obligation and then breaches that disputed contractual obligation is insufficient to establish that the lawyer intentionally procured the breach. 

“Generally, the timeshare developers in these cases are substantially larger than the timeshare exit companies. Here, Plaintiffs (Club Exploria) are a sizable timeshare developer; Defendants are a small law firm and its named partner that employ “at most, four attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Florida at any given time.” This disparity creates some risk that a timeshare developer (or multiple timeshare developers) may weaponize ultimately meritless litigation to pressure a specific timeshare exit company—which may be operating legally—out of business.” 

Two examples of why timeshare members reach out to exit companies and attorneys – former Exploria owner Dorothy in Florida and a New York Exploria buyer currently in default:

Dorothy, age 90, living in Independent Living, had repeatedly attempted release from her Club Exploria timeshare. Unable to drive, Dorothy had not used her timeshare in years. In 2019 she contacted an exit company that referred Dorothy to our nonprofit, staffed by volunteers. Dorothy explained that she broke her jaw in three places after a fall. Medicare did not pay to have her jaw wired so she could not afford her maintenance fees. I contacted Exploria and explained Dorothy’s hardship. They said they would need to talk to Dorothy directly. When I called Dorothy a few days later, she said they would not release her because she spoke with Irene Parker! I contacted Exploria infuriated. They hung up on me. Dorothy called me a few minutes later with the news, “Exploria said they would release me!”

I refer to timeshare brokers who do not charge an upfront fee to sell a timeshare. None wanted to accept a listing to sell Dorothy’s timeshare, explaining that there is a glut of unwanted timeshares, especially in Florida.

“Find a buyer” is a “shoo-away-the-fly” response from developers who will not allow a timeshare owner a release under any circumstances.

M.B. in New York

M. B. is currently battling Club Exploria. She asked not to be identified for fear of further harassment. M. B. is one of a multitude of timeshare buyers who say they were assured by their timeshare sales agent that they could rent out their timeshare to cover the cost of the timeshare.

Exploria’s contract states that the purchaser can rent, so there are no safeguards to protect the consumer from this false claim. Renting to cover the cost of a timeshare is unfeasible for the average timeshare buyer.

According to M. B.  

We only used our 2 BR Tree Tops Resort timeshare once after we purchased it in Pennsylvania in 2015. The sales presentation lasted six hours. Our baby was crying as we tried to follow what the agents proposed. 

Within the 10-day cancellation period, I called and said I wanted to cancel. They invited us to come to a meeting to discuss it. We did not attend the meeting until July 16, 2019, after the rescission period had expired. They convinced my husband to upgrade by converting to points, as I took care of our baby. 

The sales agents specifically said, “This will give you more options so that if you can’t use it, you can rent it out, and we will help you do this.” This happened before Exploria bought our resort. 

I stopped payments in October of 2022. The cost to upgrade was $12,420. We financed $11,612.20 at 11.99%. Our current loan balance is approximately $6000. I sent certified letters to seven Exploria addresses and also emailed to notify them that we were going to stop paying. Club Exploria only offered to modify the loan. 

I’ve been receiving harassing calls. Usually, I’m driving, which is distracting and dangerous. The caller calls five or six times in a day. When I answer they hang up. When I return the phone call, it is Exploria. I felt they were in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in that they would call repeatedly and then hang up.  

Federal law doesn’t give a specific limit on the number of calls a debt collector can place. However, a debt collector may not call you repeatedly or continuously intending to annoy, abuse, or harass you or others who share the number. According to Exploria, there is no limit on the number of collection calls, but after I complained, the volume of calls decreased. 

Exploria, in their response to the Florida Attorney General, stated that we could sell our timeshare. That is impossible with a loan. 

Mesha from Exploria texted my husband on October 5, 2022, saying that she wanted to talk to us about some options. I called her back to ask what the options were. She said, “This is it. You’re not going to get out of this.”    

The Florida Attorney General was of no help, despite the fact that the contract I signed had nothing in it to protect us from the false claim that you can rent out the timeshare to pay for the timeshare. The Exploria contract states: “The buyer has the right to temporarily rent the Exploria vacation…”  

On 9/20/22 someone from Exploria called from phone number 321-342-8961. He confirmed that on May 2nd I was offered a settlement. I did not get the representative’s name for either call, but they say calls are recorded. If you dispute a timeshare contract, it’s important to keep a call log.  

Timeshares sold deceptively leave people with no choice but to default. I filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the credit reporting agencies reporting inaccurate information since there was nothing in the contract to prevent being deliberately driven to default.

Related articles:

Senior Defaults

Club Exploria LLC v Aaronson Law Firm, March 11, 2022

As reported by the Timeshare Law Library

Three Court of Appeals judges denied Club Exploria’s request for a retrial, affirming a summary judgment issued by the Middle District of Florida Court, that was summarily dismissed in federal court, in a ruling that was affirmed on appeal.

The agreement comes after a judge recommended that the presiding judge grant the law firm’s prevailing party fee motion.

“This is very gratifying. It is a small measure of vindication for all our efforts” said Attorney Aaronson. Club Exploria, LLC, is a member of ARDA, a consortium of timeshare developers behind the many lawsuits filed nationwide against qualified law firms representing timeshare owners. The Aaronson Law Firm has represented aggrieved timeshare owners for over a decade.

Other complaints about being promised the ability to rent 

Westgate Resorts contracts state that the purchaser can rent. Orlando Sentinel reported on a January 5th protest staged by Westgate Owners who say they were told they could rent to cover costs. A Public Records Request produced 584 Westgate complaints, with nearly half being about the ability to rent to offset costs.

Rental Platforms (check with your resort to make sure renting is allowed)

Can and Should You Rent Out Your Timeshare?


The Turning Tide

Thank you, Irene, looking at all of the recent reports on the numerous court cases involving exit firms and lawyers, it is becoming evident that judges are starting to take the plight of consumers seriously. The developers are holding members, hostage, by attempting to deny them independent professional and legal help they are taking away any rights they have as consumers. Developers have created this situation through their incessant greed and refusal to allow people an easy exit from their contracts, especially when there is evidence of wrongdoing in the sales process.

In Spain we also witnessed the attitude of the judges change during the early years, we also see it today with the appeals by the timeshare industry, most don’t even get accepted let alone heard. The sway their smooth talking highly paid lawyers used to have, doesn’t cut any ice with the judges today, as far as they are concerned, they did not follow the law and must now pay the price. The timeshare industry in Spain and across Europe is paying that price, nobody trusts them or their product, hence the closure and liquidation of the many sales companies and sales decks. They failed to heed the lessons.

The unfortunate thing in Europe is the development of the “exit & claims” industry, with many false promises of an early and trouble-free exit along with a substantial cash award, needless to say, 98% of these offers are just scams to get your money. It is also a fact that many of these companies have been organised by ex-timeshare sales staff and managers, all using data probably illegally obtained, and then sold to others. Timeshare is an industry like no other, it is full of promises and is constantly finding new ways to get your money, resulting in the spin-off industry of exits & claims and resale scams. A cycle that seems to have no end.

That is it for this week, we hope you all have a great weekend, it looks like the weather here will be good as we have had some heavy rain. This didn’t go down too well with “Baby Dog” as he was confined to quarters.




  1. MLR

    I am so grateful for those lawyers, consumers, lawmakers, and concerned citizens who are continuing to fight this battle! These judgements are just baby steps in the right direction, but progress IS being made! There is hope!

    1. Irene Parker

      Thank you for reading! I feel the same.

    2. Chris B.

      A journey of 1,000 miles starts with the first step. We are on the right path, and there are more of us than there are corrupted timeshare parasites.

  2. Shelley Preece

    Thank you, Irene!

  3. Kathy H Koenigsdorf

    Thank you, Irene, for all you do to help others stuck with worthless contracts.

    1. Irene Parker

      Fortunately, there are many of us across the U.S. and Charles in Spain supporting those harmed.

      1. Sharon

        Hi Irene, my name is Sharon and I live in Australia and I bought the time with exploria and what they told us at the brood mostly lies. I could not use the time share yearly. I tried to book for this year and could not they blocked my email from the customer service. I tried the conceige for them to ring me. I kept the appointment but they didn’t call and then I received an email to say they couldn’t get hold of me while I was waiting by my phone. I can receive email from the conceige but not for me to email the customer service. What can I do?

  4. Chris B.

    I have a few responses to this:
    -“‘Find a buyer’ is a ‘shoo-away-the-fly’ response from developers”: No one with a conscious would seek another innocent sucker to assume such a worthless debt.
    -“This disparity creates some risk that a timeshare developer …may weaponize ultimately meritless litigation to pressure a specific timeshare exit company—which may be operating legally—out of business.” : This is a typical method of “business” for evil companies.
    -“Dorothy, age 90”: Taking advantage and scamming ANYone is evil enough, but going after the most vulnerable in our society should warrant prison time for these corrupted parasites.
    -Exploria “This is it. You’re not going to get out of this.” Yea my timeshare told me something like that. My response? “AW H*** NO!” I was on the roll after that.
    -“If you dispute a timeshare contract, it’s important to keep a call log”: YES! Keep a log of EVERYTHING, dates, times, comments, names, etc. When you fight the devil, you need to be well-armed.
    -“Club Exploria, LLC, is a member of ARDA, a consortium of timeshare developers behind the many lawsuits filed nationwide against qualified law firms representing timeshare owners”: Remember, on your annual “maintenance” fees, there may be a “voluntary” fee charged to you for ARDA. That fee that YOU pay helps timeshare bullying tactics against you.
    Note: Everyone who is able to become free of the trap, I ask you to please remain as a volunteer to help others on their journey of escaping deceptive traps. I also warn anyone who will listen to AVOID the trap. Your best bet is to NEVER sign a contract with what turns out to be soulless parasites. We also desperately must clean up our government. Vote for crooks, get a crooked government.

  5. Pamela Stilwell

    The truth usually prevails in the end. It is my hope that legislation and sound controls will be established for this industry. Controls with some teeth in them; not just an answer of the consumer signed a contract. Video taping the entire sales presentation would certainly help in court. I still believe that the majority of folks enter into an agreement based on all of the flowery promises made by the sales department about renting and selling. The timeshare industry can post all of the disclaimers they want because consumers are still being ripped off. Kudos to the folks who are fighting back and the judicial system for listening.

    1. Chris B.

      //It is my hope that legislation and sound controls will be established for this industry. // It’s our hope too, but remember, when government officials are in bed with corruption, don’t hold your breath. That is why we must VOTE OUT all corruption. If you continue to vote for crooks that emotionally lie to get votes, you will continue to have a corrupted government.

  6. Charles Hotaling

    This is great news that judges and attorneys are beginning to make an impact on the one sided nature of timeshare contracts. To this day I am amazed how it’s still legal to write a contract that binds the consumer for a lifetime. They sell the value of vacations—family time at nice resorts and a huge selection of resorts across the world. Perhaps if the developers endorsed responsible exits they wound see the value of their product increase. Instead they choose to bind owners for life and hold them hostage. I don’t hold any ill will towards a business trying to make a fair profit but locking an owner in for a lifetime is extremely one sided from a contract perspective. The owner of some of these companies should aim to please their customers Vs bankrupt them with constant increases in fees and no availability while they rent units out for less than our annual maintenance fees. Thank you all the efforts to stem the pain and hardship caused by the his industry

  7. Sherida Nett

    It will be a great day when law students are taught Common Law, lawyers operate within the bounds of Common Law, Judges rule in the bounds of Common Law instead of Maritime Law where We the People are nothing more than dead craft in the water.

  8. Nicole

    Glad they are fighting back.

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