Sheehey Welcomes Matthew Preedom to the Firm

Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that Matthew Preedom has joined the firm as an associate.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt worked as a litigation paralegal at another Burlington firm while completing Vermont’s Law Office Study Program.  There, he cultivated a wide range of experience in securities litigation, antitrust law, construction disputes, and civil rights violations.

Sheehey partner Ian Carleton commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Matt to our rapidly expanding litigation team. Matt’s experience will help us continue to provide excellent representation to our clients.”

Renee Mobbs Wins Supreme Court Case Involving Commercial Lease Termination

Sheehey attorney Renee Mobbs recently won a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court in Pearl Street Partners v. Backstage, successfully arguing in both the trial court and the Supreme Court on appeal that a landlord has the right to terminate a commercial lease and evict the tenant if the tenant’s insurance coverage does not strictly comply with the requirements of the lease. Both the trial court and the Supreme Court agreed with Attorney Mobbs’ argument that insurance coverage is an important component of commercial leases, and that the tenant’s failure to obtain the necessary insurance constitutes a material breach, tantamount to playing financial Russian roulette. The courts declined to entertain the tenant’s equitable arguments, and instead enforced the terms of the parties’ lease according to its terms.

To read the decision, click here.

Vermont’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Explained: Part II

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

This post is the first in a three-part series explaining the Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CRF”), which was recently passed by the Vermont legislature and signed by the Governor.  Part II covers Agriculture and Other Business GrantsRead Part I here.  Note that a business may apply for grants from multiple sources within the CRF but – in most cases – may only receive funding from one program.

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