Who is a Class Member
Members of the Costco Job Applicant Background Check FCRA Settlement include ““all persons throughout the United States who from January 1, 2010 to February 23, 2018 were Program Members of the Exchange Program and who booked a cruise through [Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program or International Cruise & Excursion Gallery, Inc.]”
If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlementsyou may be eligible for.
Claimants can get compensated for up to 5 cruise bookings and are also entitled to a gift card for cruise bookings in excess of 5. You can elect to receive:
- Cash: 50% of the cash value of the Non-Commissionable Fare that you paid for your cruise booking.
- Exchange Program PlusPoints: 75% of the of the cash value of the Non-Commissionable Fare that you paid for your cruise booking
- Gift Card: 75% of the of the cash value of the Non-Commissionable Fare that you paid for your cruise booking which can be redeemed on a website created by International Cruise & Excursion Gallery, Inc.
Proof of Purchase
- Settlement Class Members will need to provide their Exchange Program Owner Number along with the dates and departing cities for all cruise bookings made between 2010 and February 23, 2018.
Marriott Vacation Clubs Cruise Fare Settlement Notes
- Finerman, et al. v. Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc., et al.
- Case No. 3:14-cv-01154
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division
Following over three years of litigation, three mediation attempts, twenty-one depositions, seven expert reports, and more, Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program members are finally getting some sort of justice. In 2014, plaintiffs Daniel Finerman and Donna Devino initiated this nationwide class action lawsuit alleging they were improperly charged cash for cruise fare that should have been covered by their Members’ Exchange Points.
Specifically, timeshare program members seeking to book cruises using their points were required to contact Marriott Ownership Resorts, and then connected to International Cruise & Excursion Gallery – the exclusive travel agent for booking cruises in a cruise-for-points program known as the Ocean Explorer Program.
Members were told that their points would cover the cruise fare, and that a certain number of points would be required depending on the type and length of the cruise the wanted to book. FYI – International Cruise & Excursion Gallery operated as a “white label” entity, meaning it essentially assumed the identity of its client, Marriott. In fact, many members were never informed that they were being transferred to another company to complete their cruise booking.
Fact of the matter is that the plaintiffs claim that they were charged additional sums to cover the cost of their cruises. These cruise fare fees were called “port fees”, “port charges”, or “cruise line pass through fees,” but in actuality should have been covered by the members points.
Marriott and ICE deny any wrongdoing but opted to settle the case to avoid further litigation.Complete details are provided in the Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement and other related documents are available on the Marriott Vacation Clubs Cruise Fare Settlement website.
Class members who wish to exclude themselves or object to the terms of the Marriott Vacation Clubs Cruise Fare Settlement must do so by May 21, 2018. Class members who wish to submit a claim must do so by June 20, 2018.
- 6/20/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 5/21/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 8/3/18: Final Hearing at 10:30 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.CruiseFareSettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: Cruise Fare Settlement, c/o JND Legal Administration, PO Box 91344, Seattle, WA 98111
- Phone: 1-866-537-9618
- Email: info@CruiseFareSettlement.com