Fort Lauderdale, FL – June 3, 2019 – Greenspoon Marder, on behalf of client Westgate Resorts, filed a Motion for Summary Judgment after obtaining sanctions against Mitchell Sussman and his law firm, Mitchell Sussman, PA, in multiple instances. The court had previously entered a preliminary injunction requiring Mr. Sussman to cease his unlawful and deceitful business practices. In the 76-page one-of-a-kind Order on summary judgment, the judge concluded that Mr. Sussman intentionally and without justification interfered with Westgate’s relationships with its owners and that Mr. Sussman’s business practices – all of them – constituted deceptive and unfair practices in violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
According to the Court, Mr. Sussman intentionally interfered with owners’ contractual obligations to Westgate by directing owners to stop paying. Additionally, the Court noted that his directions to owners to stop their payments, made under the guise that doing so will rid them of their timeshares, are fraudulent and wrongful.
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The real victims here are the Westgate owners and other timeshare owners that may have fallen victim to the deceptive, fraudulent and unlawful business practices of this “exit company” cottage industry. The Court referred to these owners as the “prey”; that’s precisely what the business model is for these “exit” companies.
Ultimately, it will be up to the timeshare owners to realize that the promises of these so-called “exit” companies are not true. Mr. Sussman is not alone. The Court, in its Order, noted the relationship between Mr. Sussman and Timeshare Exit Team (Reed Hein & Associates), a self-proclaimed “exit” company built on the unlawful and deceptive business model Mr. Sussman “pioneered”. Recently, another large “exit” company (Resort Release) and its attorneys, after being bombarded with lawsuits similar to Westgate’s, filed for bankruptcy, leaving thousands of timeshare owners in the lurch.
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