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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Switzerland 21 September 1995 Commercial Court Zürich (Air conditioners case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/950921s1.html]

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


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19950921 (21 September 1995)

JURISDICTION: Switzerland

TRIBUNAL: HG Zürich [HG = Handelsgericht = Commercial Court]

JUDGE(S): Unavailable

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: HG 930476

CASE NAME: Unavailable

CASE HISTORY: Unavailable

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Austria (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Switzerland (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Air conditioners


Case abstract

SWITZERLAND: Handelsgericht des Kantons Zürich 21 September 1995

Case law on UNCITRAL texts (CLOUT) abstract no. 195

Reproduced with permission from UNCITRAL

The Austrian producer of air conditioning and heating equipment sued the Swiss buyer for the purchase price and damages, including interest.

The court ruled in favour of the [Austrian seller]. With respect to damages, the court explained that the [seller] could ask for higher damages than those under the applicable law by proving that it was paying a higher rate of interest (article 74 CISG).

As regards interest, the court found that article 78 CISG was applicable. However, as article 78 CISG does not address the question of the applicable rate of interest, the court applied Austrian law in determining the rate of interest.

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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 74 ; 78

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

74A [Damages (general rules for measuring): loss suffered as consequence of breach];

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

Descriptors: Damages ; Interest

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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: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=159&step=Abstract>; Forum des Internationalen Rechts/ The International Legal Forum [English Language edition] 1 (1996) 209

German: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Internationales und Europäisches Recht (SZIER) / Revue suisse de droit international et de droit européen 1996, 53

Italian: Diritto del Commercio Internazionale (1997) 748-749 No. 163

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (German): Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=159&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: Ferrari, International Legal Forum (4/1998) 138-255 [252 n.1074, 263 n.1079 n.1081 (interest issues)]; Kizer, 65 University of Chicago Law Review (1998) 1279-1306 [comments on interest rulings in this case and other cases]; Liu Chengwei, Recovery of interest (November 2003) nn.53, 283; [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 39 para. 17 Art. 74 para. 16

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