On March 30, 2022 the Social Law Library hosted 93A Can Overcome Contracts - The SJC Decision on H1 Lincoln v. South Washington Street and what it means for Contract Law Cases.
93A Can Now Overcome Contracts Including Contractual Limitation of Liability Clauses. Revolutionary is a fair characterization of the SJC’s new decision in H1 Lincoln v. South Washington Street, LLC. Now a contract breach by conduct that is unfair or deceptive and done willfully and knowingly is a 93A violation. And such violation will necessarily result in an award of 2 or 3 times actual damages as well as attorney’s fees. The SJC further held that a contractual limitation of liability clause cannot bar such claims. The revolution is now that no contract is any longer safe from a devastating triple damages 93A claim.
Michael Gilleran, Partner, FisherBroyles
The SJC’s very recent decision in H1 Lincoln v. South Washington Street greatly magnifies the role and power of Chapter 93A in business versus business disputes. The precise holding is that a plaintiff who establishes that the defendant had by unfair or deceptive means willfully or knowingly breached a contract between the two would still be liable under Chapter 93A even if the contract contained a limitation of liability clause. This is a momentous expansion of 93A liability. The question now is how far does 93A go in overcoming contracts and contractual limitation of liability clauses.
Did you miss this important webinar?
"Thank you so much! Incredibly informative and the case overview is stellar - wealth of knowledge and research!"
"A very pertinent and well delivered presentation."
You can purchase the webinar and materials here and enjoy our award-winning webinars even if you missed the live event!
Purchase a past continuing legal education webinar here.