By Jeffrey Thomson
Downtown Barre Development v. GU Markets of Barre, 2011 VT 45 (mem.).
Today’s case arises out of a long-term lease, a tenant’s series of corporate shell games, and a landlord attempting to end a lease with a shadowy corporation. Does that sound familiar Governor Shumlin? No, I am not talking about the State’s dispute over Vermont Yankee. Unlike the State’s relationship with its most infamous tenant, the landlord in this case (Downtown Barre Development) doesn’t seem to trust that its tenant (GU Markets of Barre) is even real enough to keep its end of the lease agreement.