In response to several inquiries Advantage Vacation has received recently, following you will find an update regarding the RCI Class Action Settlement suit.

While RCI denies it did anything wrong, a Settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit that claims that RCI, LLC violated certain consumer protection and other laws by renting timeshare inventory deposited by members of the RCI Points Exchange Program.

Let’s review what has happened so far and what happens next:

Who was included?  Those who were included had to be residents of the U.S. or its territories and a member of the RCI Points Exchange Program on or before April 25, 2012.  Those people that received a postcard from RCI regarding the class action law suit were automatically included in the Settlement unless they excluded themselves.

What was the settlement payment to be?  If the Settlement is approved, Settlement Class Members who submitted their Claim Forms prior to August 24, 2012, may receive a payment.  Current members may receive $12 and former members may receive $10.

How do I opt out of the Settlement if I have changed my mind?  If you do not want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself in writing.  The exclusion deadline is October 2, 2012.

What else should I know about the Settlement?

You will not be able to sue RCI for any claim relating to the issues in the lawsuit if you decide to stay in the Settlement.

If you stay in the Settlement, you may object to all or any part of it by October 2, 2012.

On November 1, 2012 at 10:00am, a Court hearing will be held to consider whether to approve the Settlement and a request for attorneys’ fee, costs and expenses in the amount of $835,000.

The Court has appointed attorneys to represent the Class.

You may hire your own attorney at your own expense.

If you have any questions or would like additional detailed information, you can visit the web site, call 866.647.5645 or write to:  Settlement Administrator, PO Box 2662, Faribault, MN 55021-9662.

In summary, qualifying timeshare owners are only being offered approximately a dollar a month (equal to one year of ownership) for their perceived troubles, which equates to only $12.  However, because of the class action lawsuit RCI members may expect to have more transparency in the future on both the RCI member’s website and in the RCI terms section of their member printed materials.

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