DFW area woman raises issue with camping resort membership

By John Suayan | Jul 19, 2018

TEXARKANA – Midlothian resident Barbara Wilde has launched a class action complaint against Ocean Canyon Properties, Inc., accusing the company of misrepresenting the costs and benefits and making inadequate and inaccurate disclosures regarding a camping resort membership it sold to her and many other similarly situated consumers.

TEXARKANA – Midlothian resident Barbara Wilde has launched a class action complaint against Ocean Canyon Properties, Inc., accusing the company of misrepresenting the costs and benefits and making inadequate and inaccurate disclosures regarding a camping resort membership it sold to her and many other similarly situated consumers.

The 18-page lawsuit, which was filed on July 18 in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas, explains that Wilde brought her RV to the defendant in Fort Worth to be serviced in late 2016 and was invited to join the “Good Sam Club.” After deciding to join, the plaintiff met with the respondent’s representatives in Glen Rose, who supposedly convinced her to buy the membership in question.

Wilde says that though she is a retired widow on a fixed income who could not afford the mandatory down payment of $3,500 to purchase a membership, the business offered to open a credit card in her name in order for her to make the down payment and reportedly assured her the total monthly cost would not exceed $300.

Court documents assert that the company raised numerous red flags including, but not limited to a lack of a membership camping resort disclosure statement and failure to obtain a written acknowledgment of receipt from the complainant.

The defendant was not licensed by the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner nor registered with the Texas Secretary of State, the original petition says.

“The plaintiff relied on the defendant’s false representations concerning the total sale price, amount financed, and finance charge when she entered into the membership agreement and note,” the suit says. “The plaintiff would not have entered into the membership agreement and note had the defendant truthfully disclosed that it would cost her nearly $20,000.”

Consequently, Wilde seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by Trista M. Johnson of the Law Office of Trista Johnson in Conroe.

Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 5:18-CV-0089

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