Judge dismisses lawsuit between Vermont and Rutland gym

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 6:37 AM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit between Vermont and a Rutland gym owner who tried to defy the governor’s executive order on COVID closures.

Sean Manovill reopened his Club Fitness gym in Rutland back in May when gyms were not allowed to open under Gov. Phil Scott’s executive order. The AG’s office filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the gym but withdrew it after the governor’s order allowing the reopening of gyms.

Manovill countersued, claiming the state violated the state Constitution with an “unlawful taking” of his business.

A judge ruled Manovill failed to prove that claim.

“The decision is a win for Vermonters and Vermont businesses who have done the right thing and complied with the Governor’s orders,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan in a tweet.

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