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Attorney General Settles Lawsuit Against Vermont Festival Organizer

CONTACT: Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3170

May 20, 2014

Attorney General William Sorrell announced today that he had settled a lawsuit with Charles Nestor of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Mr. Nestor, the organizer of a “Made in Vermont Festival” that was to be held in Burlington in 2011, collected over $24,000 from local businesses and craftspeople who paid to be exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors. The festival never took place and more than forty-five businesses lost their money.

Under the terms of the settlement, Mr. Nestor must post a $20,000 bond prior to organizing any trade shows or festivals and escrow the first $20,000 of any such event, for the next five years. Mr. Nestor has also agreed to refund businesses that lost their money, and to pay a $10,000 penalty, if he receives sufficient income or assets. He is required to submit his financial status to the Attorney General’s office annually for the next five years

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