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Colonial at Lynnfield, Inc. v. Sloan
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Colonial at Lynnfield, Inc. (Plaintiff) contracted to sell a forty-nine percent interest in its Hilton Inn to Colonial Associates (Defendant) for $3.375 million, with a closing date set for June 1, 1981. The contract’s liquidated damages clause provided that if the transaction was not completed due to Defendant’s default, Defendant would be liable for $200,000 in liquidated damages. On May 29, Defendant requested an extension of the closing date due to an inability to secure financing for the purchase. Plaintiff refused and held Defendant in breach. On September a981, Plaintiff and Lincoln National Development Corporation of Indiana (Lincoln) closed on a purchase of the property. The purchase price was $3.7 million for a fifty percent interest of the property in question and included a contingency in which Lincoln would purchase a forty-nine percent interest for $3.626 million if Plaintiff’s mortgage holder did not approve the sale of the fifty percent interest. Plaintiff sued Defendant to enforce their contract’s liquidated damages clause. The district court ruled in favor of Plaintiff. Defendant appealed.
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