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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Belgium 29 January 2001 District Court Ieper (Cooling installations case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/010129b1.html]

Primary source(s) of information for case presentation: CISG-Belgium database of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 20010129 (29 January 2001)

JURISDICTION: Belgium

TRIBUNAL: Rechtbank [District Court] van Koophandel Ieper

JUDGE(S): Unavailable

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: Unavailable

CASE NAME: M. S.p.A. v. N.

CASE HISTORY: 2d instance Hof van Beroep Gent 17 May 2004

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Italy (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Belgium (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Cooling installations


Case outline

Reproduced with permission from CISG-Belgium database of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Applicable law both countries party to CISG CISG applicable

Applicable law on counterclaim before CISG in force in Belgium - Convention on the Law Applicable to Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Hague Conference, June 15, 1955) law of residence of seller Italy CISG

Notice of non-conformity reasonable period longer resale non-conformity only became known later

Obligation to examine not true obligation non-conformity could only become known after continued use

Prescription supplementary law Italian Italy not party to Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods (New York 14 June1974) Italian Civil Code

Interest freedom of contract rate which parties agreed upon in casu no agreement lex contractus unknown rato

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Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: Yes [Article 1(1)(a)]

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Articles 4 ; 7 ; 38 ; 39 ; 78 [Also cited: Articles 6 ; 9 ; 19 ; 35 ; 75 ; 100 ]

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

4B31 [Scope of Convention (issues excluded): statute of limitations (prescription periods)];

7C2 [General principles on which Convention is based: autonomy of the parties];

38A [Buyer's obligation to examine goods];

39A [Requirement to notify seller of lack of conformity: buyer must notify seller within reasonable time];

78B [Rate of interest]

Descriptors: Scope of Convention ; Interpretation of Convention ; Statute of limitations ; Examination of goods ; Lack of conformity notice, timeliness ; Interest

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Editorial remarks

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Citations to case abstracts, texts, and commentaries

CITATIONS TO ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

(a) UNCITRAL abstract: Unavailable

(b) Other abstracts

Unavailable

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (Dutch): CISG-Belgium database of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven <http://www.law.kuleuven.ac.be/ipr/eng/cases/2001-01-29.html>; Tijdschrift@ipr.be; Tijdschrift van het Instituut voor Internationaal Privaatrecht, Universiteit Gent (March 2002) no. 1, 21-26

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: CISG-AC advisory opinion on Examination of the Goods and Notice of Non-Conformity [7 June 2004] (this case and related cases cited in addendum to opinion); Article 78 and rate of interest: Mazzotta, Endless disagreement among commentators, much less among courts (2004) [citing this case and 275 other court and arbitral rulings]; [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 4 para. 21

French: Papandréou-Deterville, Receuil Dalloz - Cahier Droit des Affairs No. 34 (October 2003) 2365-2366

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