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France 25 May 1993 Appellate Court Chambéry (A.M.D. Electronique v. Rosenberger) (Adapters case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/930525f1.html]

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

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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19930523 (25 May 1993)


TRIBUNAL: CA Chambéry [CA = Cour d'appel = Appeal Court]

JUDGE(S): Girousse (premier président); B. Peyton (premier greffier)


CASE NAME: Société A.M.D. Electronique v. Rosenberger SIAM S.p.A.

CASE HISTORY: 1st instance Regional Court of Bonneville 6 January 1993 [affirmed]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: France (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Italy (defendant)


Case abstract

FRANCE: Court of Appeal of Chambéry 25 May 1993

Case law on UNCITRAL texts (CLOUT) abstract no. 157

Reproduced with permission from UNCITRAL

The buyer, a company established under Italian law, placed an order for connectors with a French company, the seller, in February 1990. Under the agreement, the connectors were to be manufactured on the basis of designs provided by the [buyer] and checked in accordance with the quality-control standards adopted and communicated by the [buyer].

Various problems arose between the parties. On 18 June 1991, the seller brought proceedings against the [buyer] before the Regional Court of Bonneville for payment of the price due for goods delivered but not paid for. The buyer raised an objection on the ground of the lack of jurisdiction of the French court as against an Italian court. On 6 January 1993, the Regional Court upheld the objection on the grounds that the [buyer] was resident in Italy and that the delivery had also been made in Italy.

[Conclusion of the Court of Appeal:]

In order to determine the place where the obligation to pay the price should be performed, pursuant to article 5(1) of the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgments, the Court of Appeal considered whether CISG was applicable. It found that the disputed contract was not a sale within the meaning of CISG, which was not applicable when, as in the case in question, the party placing an order supplied "a substantial part of the materials necessary for such manufacture or production" (cf. art. 3(1) CISG).

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Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: No [Article 3(1)]


Key CISG provisions at issue: Article 3(1)

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

3A1 [Scope of Convention: goods to be manufactured, buyer supplies substantial part of necessary materials]

Descriptors: Scope of Convention ; Materials supplied by buyer

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Editorial remarks

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Citations to other abstracts, case texts and commentaries


English: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=29&step=Abstract>

French: Bulletin d'Information de la Cour de Cassation (1 October 1993) 35 No. 1117

Italian: Diritto del Commercio Internazionale (1994) 856 No. 39

Polish: Hermanowski/Jastrzebski, Konwencja Narodow Zjednoczonych o umowach miedzynarodowej sprzedazy towarow (Konwencja wiedenska) - Komentarz (1997) 291


Original language (French): CISG - France ("http://Witz.jura.uni-sb.de/CISG/decisions/250593v.htm"); Revue de Jurisprudence Commerciale (1995) 242-244; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=29&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable


English: Bonell/Liguori, Uniform Law Review (1996-1) 147 [151 n. 27]; Ferrari, 15 Journal of Law and Commerce (1995) 60-61; Bernstein/Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Europe (1997) 14 n.29; Gillette/Walt, Sales Law Domestic and International (Foundation Press 1999) 38-39 [Art. 3(1)]; Honnold, Uniform Law for International Sales (1999) 58 [Art. 3]; Bernstein & Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Europe, 2d ed., Kluwer (2003) §: 2-5 n.42; [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 3 para. 3b; Schwenzer & Fountoulakis ed., International Sales Law, Routledge-Cavendish (2007) at p. 42

French: Witz, Revue de Jurisprudence Commerciale (1995) 244; Witz, Les premières applications jurisprudentielles du droit uniforme de la vente internationale (L.G.D.J., Paris: 1995) 34 n.41, 82 n. 10; Witz, Dalloz Sirey (1995) 143 [144 n. 14, 146 n. 39]; Witz, Revue de Jurisprudence Commerciale (R.J.com.) 1995, 242-248; Witz, Emptio-Venditio Internationales, Neumayer ed. (Basel 1997) 432

German: Witz/Wolter, Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW) 1995, 810 [811]; Magnus, [1997] Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht (ZEuP) 823 [828-829 nn.54, 55]; Piltz, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW) 1996, No. 7, 2768 [2769 n. 7]; Schlechtriem, Internationales UN-Kaufrecht (1996) 26 n.29

Greek: Witz/Kapnopoulou, Ellenike epitheorese europaikou dicaiou (1995) 561 [567 n.21-22]

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