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Massachusetts Consumer Protection 93A Law Interest Rate Decision in Federal Court

The Massachusetts Consumer Protection law, Chapter 93A gives several powerful weapons to consumers against companies or individuals in trade or commerce.

Two of those weapons in the law are allowing consumers to ask for double or triple damages and attorney fees. A third issue is, following a win, when does interest start to accrue? In the first case handed down by the Massachusetts Federal District Court on the issue of when interest begins, the Court held that interest will begin when the underlying judgment enters.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are clear in that interest accrues from the date of a money judgment. Where there is a ruling that attorney fees will be awarded, when will interest start to accrue? Judge Young, a Federal District Court judge, does not have the final say, however, it is likely that other judges, and the Appeals Court, will follow this well reasoned ruling.