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Burns & Levinson announced that it represented Caffè Nero in a case in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Superior Court against a landlord for one of the company’s locations. The company’s landlord, UrbanMeritage LLC, terminated its lease with Caffè Nero, saying that the cafe had breached the terms of the lease by not paying rent while it was closed due to COVID-19 dining restrictions. The court awarded partial summary judgment to the cafe because, under the doctrine of frustration of purpose, the tenant is not obligated to pay rent during the time it unable to allow customers to eat or drink within the premises.

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Aleeza Furman

Aleeza Furman is a Philadelphia-based copy editor with ALM. Contact her at [email protected]

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