Updated August 25, 2020
Under Massachusetts Rule of Civil Procedure 56(c), summary judgment, “may be rendered on the issue of liability alone although there is a genuine issue as to the amount of damages.” In addition, summary judgment need not resolve all claims against all parties in the case. Rule 56(d) provides,
If on motion under this rule judgment is not rendered upon the whole case or for all the relief asked and a trial is necessary, the court at the hearing of the motion, by examining the pleadings and the evidence before it and by interrogating counsel, shall if practicable ascertain what material facts exist without substantial controversy and what material facts are actually and in good faith controverted. It shall thereupon make an order specifying the facts that appear without substantial controversy, including the extent to which the amount of damages or other relief is not in controversy, and directing such further proceedings in the action as are just. Upon the trial of the action the facts so specified shall be deemed established, and the trial shall be conducted accordingly.
Note, however, that the Massachusetts Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session (“BLS”) has issued a procedural order limiting the use of partial dispositive motions, including partial summary judgment.