Officials of Outdoor World, a Pennsylvania campground company ordered to pay millions of dollars in refunds to 6,000 Maryland consumers who were lured to their sites by deceptive advertising, have appealed the order to pay back the camping fees.
The appeal of a Sept. 22 order by the Consumer Protection Division of the state attorney general's office was filed last week. Officials of Outdoor World, in Bushkill, Pa., are also asking that the attorney general's office be banned from communicating with disgruntled consumers about the refunds.
The company today asked Baltimore Circuit Court Judge David Ross to stay the order, but he denied the petition.
The refund order affects Marylanders who signed contracts for vacation memberships, some of which cost $9,000, at Outdoor World camp sites. The firm lured the consumers to lengthy sales spiels for the memberships with promises of chances at winning automobiles and other luxury items, said Jacqueline Mintz, an assistant state attorney general.
Mintz said the order means that Outdoor World is prohibited from attempting to collect payments until the matter is resolved.