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France 10 November 1993 Appellate Court Paris (Société Lorraine des Produits Metallurgiques v. Banque Paribas Belgique S.A.)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/931110f1.html]

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


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19931110 (10 November 1993)

JURISDICTION: France

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

JUDGE(S): Duvernier (président); Cahen-Fouque, Linden (conseillers); Guirimaud (avocat général); Guichoux, Forcault, Bestaux (avocats)

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: No. 9

CASE NAME: Société Lorraine des Produits Metallurgiques v. Banque Paribas Belgique S.A.

CASE HISTORY: 1st instance Tribunal de commerce de Bobigny 11 March 1993 [partly reversed]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: France (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Belgium (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Tin sheets


Case abstract

FRANCE: Court of Appeal of Paris 10 November 1993

Case law on UNCITRAL texts (CLOUT) abstract no. 156

Reproduced with permission from UNCITRAL

In July 1991 a French seller and a Belgian buyer concluded a contract for the sale of metal sheets. The payment of the purchase price was guaranteed by a Belgian bank.

Since the buyer had not effected payment by the agreed date, the seller brought an action for payment against the buyer and his guarantor before a French court (Bobigny Commercial Court).

The Commercial Court found that it did not have jurisdiction and referred the case and all the parties to [the Tribunal de] Gand (Belgium).

The seller raised an objection to this decision on the ground that the French court did indeed have jurisdiction.

The Court of Appeal applied CISG in determining where the purchase price was payable. It found that, pursuant to article 57 CISG, the purchase price was payable at the place of business of the seller, no specific stipulation having been agreed by the parties.

The Court of Appeal consequently asserted its jurisdiction.

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Classification of issues present

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

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Article 57(1)(a)

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

57A [Place for payment: in absence of agreement, payment at seller's place of business]

Descriptors: Payment, place of ; Jurisdiction

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Editorial remarks

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Citations to other abstracts, case texts and commentaries

CITATIONS TO OTHER ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

English: 1994 International Litigation Procedure (ILPr) 715-716; [1994] 12 European Current Law, Monthly Digest 1994, No. 172 [165-166] = 1994 European Current Law Year Book No. 2321 [840-841]; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=44&step=Abstract>

Italian: Diritto del Commercio Internazionale 1994, 859 No. 43

Polish: Hermanowski/Jastrzebski, Konwencja Narodow Zjednoczonych o umowach miedzynarodowej sprzedazy towarow (Konwencja wiedenska) - Komentarz (1997) 290-291

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (French): CISG - France website ("http://Witz.jura.uni-sb.de/CISG/decisions/101193v.htm"); CISG online website ("http://www.jura.uni-freiburg.de/ipr1/cisg/urteile/text/80.htm"); Jurisclasseur Périodique (JCP) 1994 II 22314; Journal du Droit International (JDI) 1994, 678-683; Petites Affiches 24 February 1995 No. 24, 15-17; La Semaine Juridique, éd. G. 42 (1994) II, 337-338; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=44&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in the USA [CISG/USA] (1995) 53-54; Lookofsky, CISG/Scandinavia (1996) 64 n.114; Bernstein & Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Europe, 2d ed., Kluwer (2003) §: 1-4 n.41; §: 4-12 n.181; [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 57 para. 11a

French: Audit, Jurisclasseur Périodique (JCP) 1994 II 22314 (339-342); Barriére Brousse, Petites Affiches, 384, 24 February 1995 No. 24, 17-20; Dubarry/Loquin, Revue trimestrielle de droit commercial et de droit économique (RTDCom) 1994, 698-700; Gaudemet-Tallon, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen (RTDEur) 1994, 101 [103-105]; Jacquet, Journal du Droit International - Clunet (JDI) 1994, 683-689; Witz, Dalloz Sirey (1995) 143; Witz, Les premières applications jurisprudentielles du droit uniforme de la vente internationale (L.G.D.J., Paris: 1995), 82 n.10; Witz, Emptio-Venditio Internationales, Neumayer ed. (Basel 1997) 453-455

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