Steve Riden authored the first chapter in the book Damages, Interest, and Attorney Fees in Massachusetts Litigation. The chapter is titled “General Law of Damages in Massachusetts.”
The book was edited by Tara J. Myslinski, Esq., of O’Connor, Carnathan, and Mack LLC, in Burlington, Massachusetts.
The first chapter provides an overview of the law of damages in Massachusetts. It describes compensatory, nominal, and punitive damages and reviews the different types of injury associated with damages claims. It also describes a series of special rules and doctrines affecting damages, such as mitigation, the collateral source rule, comparative negligence, additur and remittitur, contribution and indemnification, and tax consequences. Included in the chapter is a digest of nearly sixty specific statutory provisions authorizing punitive damages awards.
The book is published by MCLE and is an essential resource for civil litigators seeking to assess the value of their cases and develop effective strategies for litigating damages. The earliest chapters of the book offer a general overview of the law of damages in Massachusetts, guidance on practice and procedure, and a look at settlement options.
The book then explores damages issues in major areas of civil litigation in Massachusetts, such as personal injury actions and Chapter 93A cases.
The concluding chapters, on interest and attorney fees, provide clear and practical guidance on these important but occasionally overlooked aspects of a plaintiff’s recovery. More information about the book is available here.
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