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Condo Deal Called a Bait & Switch

CLAYTON, Mo. (CN) - International Vacation Services uses and bait switch tactics on its condominium user agreements, a class action claims in St. Louis County Court.

Lead plaintiff Gerald Sonderman says International promised that for $4,593, he could buy two weeks in a condo with access to a personal concierge travel service to help him book additional travel services at discounted prices.

Sonderman says International reneged on the deal when he called to book his two weeks at the condo.

"The representative informed Sonderman that he was not entitled to two weeks of condominium usage, but that the company only acted as a travel agent, and could make reservations for him," the complaint states.

Sonderman says he asked for a refund and International refused.

Sonderman says he was suckered after getting an unsolicited postcard at his home from "an entity identifying itself as Travel Services Unlimited."

He says he went to the sales pitch, where he signed the Membership Enrollment Agreement that did not include Travel Services Unlimited, but was between him South Carolina-based International Vacation Services.

He seeks punitive damages for violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. He is represented by David Butsch with Butsch Simeri Fields.

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