A Vermont Superior Court judge has dismissed the personal liability case against Vermont Hemp Company founder Joel Bedard but did not dismiss the claims against the company in a Monday ruling.
The lawsuit against Bedard and the Vermont Hemp Company was brought by Burlington spa owner Cynthea Hausman in February. The suit alleges that Bedard reneged on an agreement with Hausman to grow 10 acres of hemp on her family farm and pay her $45,000. Hausman said she needed the money to save the Addison County farm, which is being foreclosed by the bank.
In the Mar. 26 ruling, Addison Civil Division Judge Helen Toor determined that the allegations in Hausman’s complaints against Bedard “do not state a legal basis for individual liability,” according to court documents obtained by Heady Vermont.
“If discovery provides facts to support such a claim, the complaint can be amended,” she wrote.
Toor, however, is allowing the case against VTHC to move forward, ruling that “under Vermont standards, the complaint is sufficiently specific to state the claims.”
The lawsuit contends that VTHC employees entered Hausman’s property