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Germany 5 July 1994 District Court Giessen (Women's clothes case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/940705g1.html]

Primary source(s) for case presentation: CISG online case overview; Unilex abstract; case commentary


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19940705 (5 July 1994)

JURISDICTION: Germany

TRIBUNAL: LG Giessen [LG = Landgericht = District Court]

JUDGE(S): Unavailable

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: 6 O 85/93

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

CASE HISTORY: Unavailable

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Italy (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Germany (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Women's clothes


Case abstract

Prepared by Camilla Andersen for commentary on notice issues under Article 39(1)

"[T]he Court accepted that the parties had made a binding agreement that notice must be given within eight days of delivery. . . . [T]he Court specifically stated that it considered the agreement a derogation from the time frame of 'reasonable time' in Article 39, which was in accordance with Article 6, indicating that a period of eight days for examination and notice did not leave a 'reasonable time' for giving notice in the sense of Article 39(1)." Andersen, Pace Review of the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1998) 111.

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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 39(1) ; 78 [Also cited: Articles 6 ; 12 ]

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

39A [Requirement to notify seller of lack of conformity: buyer must notify seller within a reasonable time (time specified in contract)];

78B [Interest on delay in receiving price or any other sum in arrears: rate of interest]

Descriptors: 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

English: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=50&step=Abstract>

German: Jahrbuch für Italienisches Recht (1996) 209

Italian: Diritto del Commercio Internazionale (1995) 233 No. 52

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (German): cisg-online.ch <http://www.cisg-online.ch/cisg/urteile/111.htm>; Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW) 1996, 66; Neue Juristische Wochenschrift - Rechtsprechungs-Report (NJW-RR) 1995, 438-439; Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiete des internationalen Privatrechts im Jahre (IPRspr) No. 141 [320]; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=50&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: Del Duca/Del Duca, 29 UCC Law Journal (1996) 99 [106 n.6] [cited as 26 August 1994]; Ferrari, International Legal Forum (4/1998) 138-255 [239 n.925 (notice of lack of conformity), 253 n.1079 (interest issues)]; Ferrari, 15 Journal of Law and Commerce (1995) 99-116 [comments on notice issues, citing this case and other cases]; Kuoppala, Examination of the Goods under the CISG and the Finnish Sale of Goods Act (2000) 4.4.1.4 [analysis of related articles 38, 39, 40 and 44 (includes digests of relevant material in many CISG cases; also digests cases under a domestic sales code that is patterned, for the most part, after the CISG)]; Bernstein & Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Europe, 2d ed., Kluwer (2003) § 7-2 n.21; 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. 6 para. 12 Art. 39 para. 35

Spanish: Castellanos, Autonomia de la voluntad y derecho uniforme en la compraventa internacional, thesis, Carlos III de Madrid (1998) 114 n.244

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