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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Germany 16 January 1992 Appellate Court Koblenz (Motor yacht case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/920116g1.html]

Primary source(s) for case presentation: Michael R. Will; UNCITRAL abstract; Unilex abstract


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19920116 (16 January 1992)

JURISDICTION: Germany

TRIBUNAL: OLG Koblenz [OLG = Oberlandesgericht = Provincial Court of Appeal]

JUDGE(S): Unavailable

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: 5 U 534/91

CASE NAME: German case citations do not identify parties to proceedings

CASE HISTORY: 1st instance LG Koblenz (1O259/90) 7 March 1991 [reversed]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Netherlands (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Germany (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Motor yacht


Case abstract

GERMANY: OLG Koblenz 16 January 1992

Case law on UNCITRAL texts (CLOUT) abstract no. 226

Reproduced with permission from UNCITRAL

A Dutch seller, plaintiff, sold a yacht to a German company. Under the contract, the seller retained title to the yacht . . . The yacht was subsequently transferred to the defendant, a silent partner of the German company. When the German company was declared bankrupt, the parties disputed the validity of the retention of title clause. The court held that the CISG did not apply to the validity of a retention of title clause.

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Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: No [Article 4(b)]

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Article 4(b) [Also cited: Article 30 ]

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

4G [Issues covered and excluded: issues excluded]

Descriptors: Scope of Convention ; Retention of title clause

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Editorial remarks

EDITOR: Albert H. Kritzer

The court held that the CISG does not apply to the validity of a retention of title clause.

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Citations to other abstracts, case texts and commentaries

CITATIONS TO OTHER ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

English: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=30&step=Abstract>

Italian: Diritto del Commercio Internazionale (1994) 852 No. 34

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (German): cisg-online.ch <http://www.cisg-online.ch/cisg/urteile/47.htm>; Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW) 1992, 1019-1021; Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiete des internationalen Privatrechts im Jahre (IPRspr) 1992 No. 72 [166-168]; Praxis des internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax) 1994, 46-49; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=30&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: Ferrari, International Legal Forum (4/1998) 138-255 [226 n.787 (scope of CISG: passing of property in goods sold)]; Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Scandinavia (1996) 119 n.16; Bernstein & Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Europe, 2d ed., Kluwer (2003) § 2-5 n.31; § 7-2 n.20; [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 14 para. 16 Art. 30 para. 8

French: Witz, Les premières applications jurisprudentielles du droit uniforme de la vente internationale (L.G.D.J., Paris: 1995) 36, 39

Spanish: Castellanos, Autonomia de la voluntad y derecho uniforme en la compraventa internacional, thesis, Carlos III de Madrid (1998) 152-153

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