Judge sides with plaintiffs in Hermitage cases

This article by Chris Mays originally appeared May 15 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

NEWFANE — In rulings affecting more than $2.5 million worth of real estate and property connected to the Hermitage Club, three plaintiffs’ motions for immediate orders were approved Tuesday in separate hearings at Windham Superior Court, Civil Division.

The rulings, regarding a foreclosure on the White House Inn and default judgments on golf carts and a townhouse, were approved by Judge John Treadwell. None was opposed by Bob Fisher, the attorney for the Hermitage Club and its founder, Jim Barnes.

Fisher told reporters that Barnes, who did not attend the hearings, was meeting with three people in New York City about restructuring the company. Fisher was present only for the 1:30 p.m. hearing on the White House Inn.

Attorney David Dunn of Brattleboro represented former inn owner and Wilmington resident Robert Grinold, who filed a foreclosure complaint against White House By Hermitage LLC in May 2017. Barnes defaulted on the mortgage after failing to make payments on a $1.4 million note. The parties agreed a total of about $1,373,693 was due as of April 27, 2017.

Tax delinquencies also constitute “an additional default under the note and mortgage,” Dunn wrote in court documents. About $16,158 in property taxes and $2,521 in sewer fees are owed, Wilmington Town Manager Scott Tucker told the Reformer last week.

“The court is granting the motion for summary judgment for plaintiff in this matter unless there is something you wish to present on this particular point today,” Treadwell told Fisher, referring to a judgment entered by a court for one party and against another party without having a full trial, usually based on merits or certain issues in the case.

Fisher replied, “No, your honor.”

Barnes was given 30 days in which he could attempt to satisfy creditors and reclaim the property.

Read full story at the Brattleboro Reformer.

(Fair use with written permission from the New England Newspapers Inc.)

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