District Court 's-Hertogenbosch follows German Supreme Court regarding Standard Terms
The Dutch District Court 's-Hertogenbosch decided Heras Mobile Fencing & Security v. Kurt Leirich Mietservice on 26 January 2011. The decision's full text, originally written in Dutch, has now been translated into English by Tom J. Vennmanns, who is a PhD student Smart Contracts & Dispute Resolution at Radboud Universität Nijmegen. We are very grateful for his translation that can now be accessed via the case presentation about CISG-online no. 5324 (below).
The decision concerns a choice-of-forum-clause contained in the seller's standard terms. The Court applied Art. 23 Brussel-I-Regulation (old version) and noted that this Regulation does not contain any rules on the incorporation of Standard Terms. Since both parties were from Contracting States of the CISG (Netherlands and Austria), the CISG was considered applicable to this preliminary question.
The Standard Terms were only referenced in the documents but not send to the buyer. In applying Arts. 8, 14, 18 CISG and refering in a commendable manner to international jurisprudence in Germany, Austria and Belgium, the Court held:
Rechtbank 's-Hertogenbosch (District Court 's-Hertogenbosch)
Netherlands, 26 January 2011 – 216790 / HA ZA 10-1932, CISG-online 5324