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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Germany 13 July 1994 District Court Frankfurt (Shoes case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/940713g1.html]

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


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19940713 (13 July 1994)

JURISDICTION: Germany

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

JUDGE(S): Unavailable

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: 3/13 O 3/94

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

CASE HISTORY: 2nd instance OLG Frankfurt 23 May 1995 [affirming]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Italy (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Germany (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Shoes


Case abstract

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

"A firm rule for notice by telephone was formed in a judgment from District Court of Frankfurt . . . concerning the sale of shoes . . . wherein the Court found that in order to recognize the notice, it must know when the buyer spoke to whom about what. This rule of the buyer's burden of evidence has been enforced by all German courts so far." Andersen, Pace Review of the Conventionon Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1998) 107 [citations omitted].

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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 27 ; 39(1) [Also cited: Articles 33 ; 53 ]

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

27A [Dispatch of communication by appropriate means];

39A1 ; 39A2 [Requirement to notify seller of lack of conformity: specification of nature of non-conformity; Within reasonable time]

Descriptors: Communications, risk of ; Telephone notice ; Lack of conformity notice, timeliness

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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=49&step=Abstract>

Italian: Diritto del Commercio Internazionale (1995) 234 No. 53

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (German): cisg-online.ch <http://www.cisg-online.ch/cisg/urteile/118.htm>; Neue Juristische Wochenschrift - Rechtsprechungs-Report (NJW-RR) 1994, 1264-1265; Wirtschaftsrechtliche Beratung (WiB), 1995, 82-83; ; [1995] Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiete des internationalen Privatrechts im Jahre (IPRspr) No. 139(a) [269-270]; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=49&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: Ferrari, International Legal Forum (4/1998) 138-255 [240 n.949 (notice of lack of conformity)]; Karollus, Cornell Review of the CISG (1995) [67-71] [comments on notice of non-conformity issues in the context of German case law on the CISG]; Schwenzer in Schlechtriem, Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (Oxford 1998) [Art. 39 (burden of proof)] 320 n.104; 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); Schwenzer & Fountoulakis ed., International Sales Law, Routledge-Cavendish (2007) at p. 323

German: Gaus, Wirtschaftsrechtliche Beratung (WiB), 1995, 83-84; Mankowski, Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht (EWiR) Art. 39 CISG 1/95, 249-250

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