Judge dismisses Barnes' bankruptcy sale appeals

In March 2018, the Vermont Department of Taxes shut down the Hermitage for failure to pay rooms, meals, alcohol, and sales taxes. The same month, Berkshire Bank filed for foreclosure on the Hermitage for failure to pay $17 million in loans, About a year later, a group of creditors forced the Hermitage into bankruptcy. The Hermitage real estate and other assets were sold at auction to the Hermitage Club Member Group in March 2020. Barnes' appeal of the bankruptcy court's sale order was dismissed last week.

By Mike Eldred
BURLINGTON- Vermont District Court Judge Christina Reiss has dismissed former Hermitage owner James Barnes’ appeals in the bankruptcy sale of Hermitage assets to the Hermitage Member Group.  
In her decision, Reiss ultimately found that the court lacked jurisdiction in the matter.
Barnes, acting as a creditor with $58 million in unsecured claims against the Hermitage, appealed two orders issued by the Vermont District Bankruptcy Court in March and April 2020.  

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