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Article 81

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UNCITRAL Digest cases for Article 81 plus added cases for this Article

UNCITRAL has identified relevant cases in Digests containing case annotations for each article of the CISG. UNCITRAL cites 43 cases in its 2012 Digest of Art. 81 case law:

Australia       1      Germany     21    Switzerland          4                    
Austria        1      Greece          1     United States          2                    
China    1    ICC          5                    
Finland          1     Mexico           1                                    
France          3     Russian Federation           2     TOTAL      43                    

Presented below is a composite list of Art. 81 cases reporting UNCITRAL Digest cases and other Art. 81 cases. All cases are listed in chronological sequence, commencing with the most recent. Asterisks identify the cases cited in the 2008 and 2012 UNCITRAL Digests, commencing with the Greece 2009 citation reported below. Cases are coded to the UNCITRAL Thesaurus.

English texts and full-text English translations of cases are provided as indicated. In most instances researchers can also access UNCITRAL abstracts and link to Unilex abstracts and full-text original-language case texts sourced from Internet websites and other data, including commentaries by scholars to the extent available.

For a case annotated analysis of issues associated with Consequences of Avoidance of the Contract, go to CISG-Advisory Council Opinion No. 9, dated 15 November 2008. Rapporteur: Professor Michael G. Bridge. Opinion unanimously adopted by the CISG-AC: Eric E. Bergsten (Chair); Michael Joachim Bonell, Michael G. Bridge, Alejandro M. Garro, Roy M. Goode, John Y. Gotanda, Sergei N. Lebedev, Pilar Perales Viscasillas, Jan Ramberg, Ingeborg Schwenzer, Hiroo Sono, Claude Witz (Members); Sieg Eiselen (Secretary)

There are scholars who believe that there are circumstances in which the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts may be used to interpret or supplement this Article of the CISG. See match-up of this Article with counterpart provisions of the Principles and commentary on this subject. To the extent this reasoning fits, cases on the counterpart provisions of the UNIDROIT Principles may be relevant. To the extent available, such cases may be found on the Unilex website.

Germany 25 March 2015 Bundesgerichtshof 81A

Germany 24 September 2014 Federal Supreme Court (Tools case) 81A ; 81C

Netherlands 3 July 2013 District Court Rotterdam (Cranes case)

Germany 19 December 2012 Appellate Court Koblenz (Electricity generator case)

Switzerland 20 February 2012 Federal Supreme Court (Motor vehicles case) 81A

Spain 11 May 2012 Court of First Instance of Fuenlabrada (Production machine for air conditioning ducts case) 81A ; 81C

Switzerland 8 November 2011 Obergericht [Canton Appellate Court] Zug (Spinning mill case)

Russia 8 September 2011 Federal Arbitration Court of the Volga Area, Kazan

Serbia 6 July 2011 Appellate Commercial Court (Automatic machine for production of fax, adding and thermo rolls case) 81C [translation available]

Germany 30 May 2011 Saarländisches Oberlandesgericht Saarbrücken (Stallion case) 81A ; 81B ; 81C ; 81D

Germany 30 December 2010 District Court Lübeck (Chairs case)

China 14 October 2010 Hebei High People's Court [Appellate Court] (Sheet glass case) [translation available]

Germany 9 July 2010 OLG Düsseldorf (Orange juice case) 81A ; 81B ; 81C ; 81D

Serbia 31 May 2010 Foreign Trade Court attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (Mobile Shear Baler case) 81C

France 11 May 2010 Cour de cassation (Ultimate Solution Company contre Union International Oil and Gaz Material Pictures) 81D

Republic of Korea 13 April 2010 Suwon District Court (Cars case) 81A ; 81C

Russia 16 December 2009 Supreme Arbitration Court (or Presidium of Supreme Arbitration Court) of the Russian Federation 81C

Switzerland 14 December 2009 Kantonsgericht [District Court] Zug (Spinning company case)

Russia 30 June 2009 Arbitration proceeding 11/2009 [translation available]

Estonia 12 June 2009 Harju County Court (Workbench case) 81A ; 81C

Germany 29 May 2009 District Court Dresden (Cars case)

Switzerland 15 May 2009 Appellate Court Genève (Watches case)

Austria 2 April 2009 Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court] (Boiler case) [translation available]

Germany 2 April 2009 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Hamm

United States 26 March 2009 U.S. District Court [Ohio] (Miami Valley Paper, LLC v. Lebbing Engineering & Consulting GmbH)

* Greece 2009 Decision 4505/2009 of the Multi-Member Court of First Instance of Athens (Bullet proof vest case) [editorial analysis available]

China 25 December 2008 Shanghai First Intermediate People's Court [District Court] (Shanghai Anlili International Trading Co. Ltd. v. J & P Golden Wings Corp.) 81C [translation available]

Poland 20 November 2008 Warsaw Court of Appeals (Truck case)

* Germany 18 November 2008 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Brandenburg (Beer case) [translation available]

Slovak Republic 12 November 2008 Regional Court in Nitra (Beer case) [translation available]

France 18 September 2008 Cour d’appel de Lyon (Vehicles case) 81C

Switzerland 12 September 2008 Amtsgericht [District Court] Sursee (Second-hand tractor case)

Belarus 23 July 2008 Economic Court of the Grodno Region (Broilers case)

Serbia 15 July 2008 Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration, Serbian Chamber of Commerce (Milk packaging equipment case) 81D [translation available]

Germany 19 May 2008 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Köln (Pesticide case) [translation available]

* Germany 31 March 2008 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Stuttgart (Automobile case) [translation available]

Germany 14 February 2008 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Karlsruhe (Antique Jaguar sport car case) 81C [translation available]

Germany 25 January 2008 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Hamburg (Café inventory case) [translation available]

Germany 21 November 2007 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Koblenz (Shoes case) [translation available]

Latvia 20 November 2007 Court of Limbazi District 81A

Switzerland 13 November 2007 Bundesgericht [Supreme Court]

Serbia 1 October 2007 Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration, Serbian Chamber of Commerce (Timber case) 81C [translation available]

Switzerland 26 July 2007 Tribunal cantonal [Appellate Court] Jura (Industrial furnace case)

Austria 4 July 2007 Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court] (Auto case) [translation available]

Switzerland 25 June 2007 Handelsgericht [Commercial Court] Zürich (Printed materials case) [translation available]

Switzerland 19 April 2007 Pretore del Distretto [District Court] Lugano (Children's play structure case) 81C [translation available]

Germany 21 March 2007 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Dresden (Stolen automobile case) 81C [translation available]

France 13 February 2007 Cour de cassation [Supreme Court] (Computer motherboard case) [translation available]

Russia 1 February 2007 Arbitration Award

Greece 2007 Decision 2923/2006 of the Court of Appeals of Thessalonika (Textiles case) [editorial analysis available]

Switzerland 20 December 2006 Bundesgericht [Supreme Court] [translation available]

Russia 19 December 2006 Arbitration Award 46/2006

China December 2006 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2006/05] (Rabbit skin case) 81C [translation available]

Russia 23 November 2006 Arbitration Award 11/2006

Russia 15 November 2006 Arbitration Award 30/2006 81A [translation available]

Switzerland 8 November 2006 Zivilgericht [Civil Court] Basel-Stadt (Packaging machine case) [translation available]

Germany 19 October 2006 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] München (Auto case) 81C [translation available]

Russia 29 September 2006 Arbitration Award 127/2005 81C [translation available]

China 18 September 2006 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2006/24] (Polyester spinning machine case) 81C [translation available]

China September 2006 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2006/08] (Air purifier case) 81C [translation available]

China August 2006 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2006/13] (Chilling press case) 81C [translation available]

Spain 22 May 2006 Court of First Instance of Badalona (Bermuda shorts case) [translation available]

China May 2006 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2006/18] (LDPE film case) 81C [translation available]

Russia 13 April 2006 Arbitration Award 105/2005 81A ; 81C [translation available]

Estonia 30 March 2006 Tallinn Circuit Court [Appellate Court] (Vehicles case) 81A ; 81C

Russia 1 March 2006 Arbitration Award 101/2005 81C [translation available]

Russia 20 January 2006 Arbitration Award 84/2005 [translation in process]

Germany 11 January 2006 Bundesgerichtshof [Supreme Court] (Automobile case) [translation available]

Greece 2006 Decision 4861/2006 of the Court of Appeals of Athens (Automobile catalyst case) 81A1 [editorial analysis available]

Russia 21 November 2005 Arbitration Award 42/2005 (Equipment case) 81C [translation available]

China 31 October 2005 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2005/10] (Waste plastic case) 81C [translation available]

Russia 18 October 2005 Arbitration Award 21/2005 (Varnish and paint machine case) 81C [translation available]

Spain 26 September 2005 Audiencia Provincial [Appellate Court] Palencia (Printing machine case) [translation available]

Ukraine 5 July 2005 Arbitration Award (Medical equipment case) 81C [translation available]

China 13 June 2005 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG 2005/12] (Industrial general equipment case) 81C [translation available]

Russia 27 May 2005 Arbitration Award 95/2004 81A [translation available]

Germany 11 April 2005 Landgericht [District Court] Frankfurt

Switzerland 21 February 2005 Kantonsgericht [Appellate Court] Valais / Wallis (CNC machine case) 81C1 [translation available]

Russia 24 January 2005 Arbitration Award 68/2004 81A [translation available]

Russia 21 December 2004 Arbitration Award 39/2003 81C [translation available]

Ukraine 18 November 2004 Arbitration Award (Manufactured articles case) 81A ; 81C [translation available]

Russia 2 November 2004 Arbitration Award 188/2003 [translation available]

Russia 25 June 2004 Arbitration Award 120/2003 81C [translation available]

Austria 1 June 2004 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Wein 81C [detailed abstract available]

Germany 28 May 2004 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Düsseldorf 81C [translation available]

Russia 28 May 2004 Arbitration Award 175/2003 81A [translation available]

Germany 21 April 2004 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Düsseldorf [15 U 88/03] 81C [translation available]

Netherlands 27 January 2004 Gerechtshof [Appellate Court] 's-Hertogenbosch

Switzerland 27 January 2004 Kantonsgericht [District Court] Schaffhausen 81A [translation available]

China 31 December 2003 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG/2003/03] (Clothes case) 81B [translation available]

Canada 6 October 2003 Ontario Supreme Court (Diversitel v. Glacier)

Russia 16 June 2003 Arbitration Award No. 135/2002 81C [translation available]

Russia 16 June 2003 Arbitration Award No. 164/2001 81B2 [translation available]

Greece 2003 Decision 14953/2003 of the Single-Member Court of First Instance of Thessalonica (Shock absorber case) [editorial analysis available]

Germany 19 December 2002 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Karlsruhe [translation available]

Germany 17 December 2002 Landgericht [District Court] Giessen 81A ; 81C [translation available]

Serbia 9 December 2002 Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration, Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce (Aluminum case) 81C [translation available]

Switzerland 3 December 2002 Handelsgericht [Commercial Court] St. Gallen 81A ; 81C [translation available]

Switzerland 2 December 2002 Tribunal Cantonal [Appellate Court] Valais 81C [translation available]

China 4 November 2002 Shanghai Yangpu People's Court [District Court] 81C [translation available]

Germany 14 October 2002 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Köln 81C [translation available]

Germany 22 August 2002 Landgericht [District Court] Freiburg 81A ; 81C [translation available]

* United States 28 March 2002 U.S. District Court [Illinois] (Usinor Industeel v. Leeco Steel Products) 81C3

China 2002 Shanghai Yangpu District People's Court (China Xhanghai Dongda Import & Export Corp. v. Germany Laubholz – Meyer Corp) 81C [translation available]

Germany 30 August 2001 Landgericht [District Court] München [translation available]

Russia 27 April 2001 Arbitation Court [Appellate Court] for the Moscow Region [translation available]

Austria 28 September 2000 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Graz

Russia 13 June 2000 Arbitration Award No. 280/1999 81B [translation available]

Germany 6 April 2000 Landgericht [District Court] München [translation available]

* Germany 26 November 1999 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Hamburg 81A [translation available]

Russia 27 October 1999 Arbitration award 269/1998 [translation available]

* ICC August 1999 International Court of Arbitration, Case 9887 [English text]

* Austria 29 June 1999 Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court] 81C [translation available]

Russia 7 June 1999 Arbitration award 238/1998 81C [translation available]

* France 26 May 1999 Cour de Cassation [Supreme Court] [translation available]

China 5 April 1999 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG/1999/19] (Air conditioner equipment case) 81A [translation available]

* ICC March 1999 International Court of Arbitration, Case 9978 [English text]

Austria 24 February 1999 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Graz (Military weapons case) [translation available]

Austria 19 January 1999 Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court] [translation available]

ICC 1999 International Court of Arbitration, Case 10274 81A [English text]

* Germany 29 December 1998 Hamburg Arbitration award [translation available]

* Switzerland 28 October 1998 Bundesgericht [Supreme Court] (Meat case) [translation available]

Russia 9 June 1998 Arbitration award 263/1997

Russia 5 March 1998 Arbitration award 160/1997 81C [translation available]

* Germany 28 January 1998 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] München 81C [translation available]

* Switzerland 15 January 1998 Tribunale d'appello [Appellate Court] Lugano [translation available]

* France 14 January 1998 Cour d'appel [Appellate Court] Paris

China 19 December 1997 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG/1997/36] (Steel case) 81A [translation available]

* Germany 5 November 1997 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Hamm [translation available]

* Germany 15 September 1997 Landgericht [District Court] Heilbronn [translation available]

* Germany 21 August 1997 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Köln [translation available]

* Germany 25 June 1997 Bundesgerichtshof [Federal Supreme Court] [translation available]

Switzerland 12 June 1997 Pretore [District Court] Lugano

Russia 11 May 1997 Arbitration award 2/1995 81C [translation available]

Germany 6 May 1997 Landgericht [District Court] München

China 23 April 1997 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG/1997/08] (Automobile case) 81C [translation available]

* Russia 3 March 1997 Arbitration award 82/1996 81C [translation available]

* Switzerland 20 February 1997 Bezirksgericht [District Court] Saane 81C [translation available]

* Switzerland 5 February 1997 Handelsgericht [Commercial Court] Zürich 81C [translation available]

* Germany 4 December 1996 Bundesgerichtshof [Federal Supreme Court] [translation available]

* France 21 November 1996 Cour d’appel [Appellate Court] Aix-en-Provence [translation available]

* Finland 5 November 1996 Käräjäoikeus [District Court] Kuopio [translation available]

* Switzerland 31 May 1996 Arbitration ZHK 273/1995 [Zürich Chamber of Commerce] [English text]

* Germany 21 March 1996 Hamburg Arbitration award [translation available]

Germany 19 December 1995 Landgericht [District Court] Krefeld

Russia 19 December 1995 Arbitration award 133/1994 [translation available]

Russia 1 December 1995 Arbitration award 22/1995 [translation available]

* Germany 11 October 1995 Landgericht [District Court] Düsseldorf [translation available]

Germany 21 September 1995 Landgericht [District Court] Kassel [translation available]

Germany 20 September 1995 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Nürnberg

* Germany 24 May 1995 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Celle 81C [translation available]

* Australia 28 April 1995 Federal District Court, Adelaide (Roder v. Rosedown)

Russia 25 April 1995 Arbitration award 161/1994 81A ; 81B [translation available]

* Germany 5 April 1995 Landgericht [District Court] Landshut 81C [translation available]

* Germany 20 March 1995 Landgericht [District Court] München 81C [translation available]

* ICC March 1995 International Court of Arbitration, Case 7645 [English text]

Germany 8 February 1995 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] München [7 U 1720/94] 81C [translation available]

* Germany 1 February 1995 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Oldenburg [translation available]

Russia 23 November 1994 Arbitration award 251/1993 81C

* ICC 23 August 1994 International Court of Arbitration, Case 7660 [English text]

Germany 14 June 1994 Amtsgericht [Lower Court] Nordhorn [translation available]

* Russia 15 April 1994 Arbitration award 1/1993 81C

* Germany 2 March 1994 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] München [translation available]

* Germany 10 February 1994 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Düsseldorf [6 U 32/93] [translation available]

* Germany 18 January 1994 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Frankfurt [translation available]

China 26 October 1993 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG/1993/12] (Frozen beef case) 81A1 [translation available]

China 20 July 1993 CIETAC Arbitration Award [CISG/1993/10] (Shaping machine case) 81C [translation available]

* Mexico 4 May 1993 Compromex Arbitration award [translation available]

* ICC 26 March 1993 International Court of Arbitration, Case 6653 [translation available]

* Germany 24 November 1992 Landgericht [District Court] Krefeld (Shoes case) 81C1 [translation available]

* United States 14 April 1992 Federal District Court [Southern Dist. NY] (Filanto v. Chilewich) 81B1

* China 30 October 1991 CIETAC Arbitration award [translation available]

* Germany 17 September 1991 Oberlandesgericht [Appellate Court] Frankfurt 81A [translation available]

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