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Delaware Superior Court Requires Contract Claim Be Plead For Prejudgment Interest To Start To Accrue

Viking Pump Inc. v. Century Indemnity Company, C.A. N10C-06-141 PRW CCLD (May 23, 2018)

This decision has an important warning. A complaint for a declaratory judgment does not alone entitle a plaintiff to a monetary judgment when its interpretation of a contract is upheld and the contract has been breached. Thus when the defendant then pays what is due and thereby negates the plaintiff’s ability to file a breach of contract case, the court will not award prejudgment interest even if the payment is years overdue. In short, add a breach of contract claim to any declaratory judgment complaint.