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City of Beverly v. Bass River Golf Management, Inc., et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-002-18)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   15-P-171                                        Appeals Court   CITY OF BEVERLY  vs.  BASS RIVER GOLF MANAGEMENT, INC., & another.[1]     No. 15-P-171.   Essex.     November 14, 2016. – January 5, 2018.   Present:  Sullivan, Maldonado, & Neyman, JJ.     Contract, Municipality, Performance and breach.  Municipal Corporations, Contracts.  Consumer Protection Act, Trade or commerce, Unfair or deceptive act.  Bankruptcy, Stay of other proceedings.  Practice, Civil, Directed verdict, Amendment, New trial, Instructions to jury.  Judgment, Amendment.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on March 11, 2011.   The case was tried before Robert A. Cornetta, J., and a motion to alter or amend the judgment, or for a new trial, was heard by him.     Denis J. Sullivan for the defendants. Eitan Y. Goldberg, Assistant City Solicitor (Stephanie M. Williams, City Solicitor, also present) for the plaintiff.     MALDONADO, J.  In this case, we consider the propriety of actions taken by the city of Beverly (city), which owns the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club (Golf Club), and by Bass River Golf Management, Inc. (Bass River), which operated the facility for almost two years pursuant to a management contract with the city.  On March 11, 2011, the city commenced an action in the Superior Court against Bass River and 31 Tozer Road, L.L.C. (Tozer), the guarantor of Bass River’s payment obligations to the city, asserting claims for breach of contract against each party and seeking damages.  Bass River filed counterclaims against the city (subsequently amended) which alleged violations of G. L. c. 93A, breach of contract, breach of an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of warranty, and conversion. Following a trial, the jury, in response to special questions, found that Bass River had breached its management contract with the city, that Tozer had guaranteed Bass River’s payment obligations, and that the city was entitled to damages of $ 631,969.63.  The jury also found that the city had violated the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in its contractual relationship with Bass River, and that the city had converted Bass River’s property.  The jury awarded Bass River damages of $ 48,967.33.  Thereafter, the judge determined that Bass River had not proved that the city violated G. L. c. 93A. Bass River and Tozer filed a motion to amend the findings of facts and rulings of law, to amend the judgment, […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - January 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm

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