A&K destination club sued
Abercrombie & Kent is known for
its luxury safari vacations.
A lawsuit was filed in late July in Los Angeles Superior Court
against Abercrombie & Kent. The suit, on behalf of 96
plaintiffs, charges the company intentionally misrepresented itself
as the owner of Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs, when, in
fact, a third party operated the clubs in exchange for a
multi-million-dollar licensing fee. The suit alleges that the clubs
were mismanaged and eventually became worthless, resulting in the
loss of more than $300 million in membership fees.
“This will be the first of many lawsuits to be filed and we are
hoping to represent the remaining 800-plus members,” said Brian
Kabateck, attorney for the plaintiffs.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based Abercrombie & Kent began
operations in the early 1960s, initially providing African safaris.
The company then expanded its operations to more than 100
countries. In 2003, Abercrombie & Kent entered into marketing
agreements with Rob McGrath, owner of Complete Retreats and
Preferred Retreats. Complete Retreats and Preferred Retreats were
rebranded as Private Retreats by Abercrombie & Kent,
Distinctive Retreats by Abercrombie & Kent and Andrew Harper’s
Distinctive Retreats, a Destination Club by Abercrombie & Kent.
Initial club memberships ranged from $250,000 to $1.3 million. In
exchange, club members received the right to stay at luxury private
residences that were part of the Abercrombie & Kent club
properties in locations such as Cabo San Lucas, Belize, Italy,
Africa, Scotsdale, Ariz., and Aspen, Colo.
According to the complaint, Abercrombie & Kent cut its ties
with McGrath in 2005, when it realized that the retreats were in
financial trouble. On July 24, 2006, Complete Retreats and
Preferred Retreats, now known as Tanner & Haley, filed for
“My clients lost all their money,” said Kabateck.
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