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CISG-online number
4463
Case name
Electronic electricity meters case
Jurisdiction
Switzerland
Court
Bundesgericht/Tribunal fédéral (Swiss Federal Supreme Court)
Chamber
I. zivilrechtliche Abteilung (1st department for civil law matters)
Judges
Christina Kiss (Presiding Judge), Fabienne Hohl (Judge), Kathrin Klett (Judge), Marie-Chantal May Canellas (Judge), Martha Niquille (Judge), Linus Hug (Gerichtsschreiber)
Date of decision
28 May 2019
Case nr./docket nr.
4A_543/2018
Claimant 1
Name
IWB Industrielle Werke Basel
Place of business
Switzerland
Role in transaction
Buyer
Respondents 2
Name
Iskraemeco d.d.
Place of business
Slovenia
Role in transaction
Seller
Name
Iskraemeco Schweiz AG
Place of business
Switzerland
Role in transaction
Seller
Case History
Electronic electricity meters case
Zivilgericht Basel-Stadt (Court of First Instance Basel-Stadt)
Switzerland, 26 October 2016 – K5.2015.2, CISG-online 3904
Electronic electricity meters case
Appellationsgericht Basel-Stadt (Court of Appeal Canton Basel-Stadt)
Switzerland, 24 August 2018 – ZB.2017.20 (AG.2018.557), CISG-online 3906
reversing
Present decision affirming
Sellers 2
Name
Iskraemeco d.d.
Place of business
Slovenia
Name
Iskraemeco Schweiz AG
Place of business
Switzerland
Buyer 1
Name
IWB Industrielle Werke Basel
Place of business
Switzerland
Category of goods
87: Professional, scientific and controlling instruments and apparatus, not elsewhere specified
Goods as per contract
35,000 electronic electricity meters
CISG applicable
yes, Art. 1(1)(a)
CISG applied
yes
(Domestic) law applied in addition
Swiss law
Key CISG provisions interpreted and applied
Art. 1(2); Art. 4(a) (burden of proof; domestic remedies for mistake not applicable to CISG contracts); Art. 6; Art. 7(1)
Key CISG provisions interpreted
Art. 2(c); Art. 14(1)
CISG provisions also cited
Art. 1(1)(a); Art. 3; Art. 8(1); Art. 8(2); Art. 8(3); Art. 14 et seq.; Art. 18(1); Art. 35 et seq.; Art. 35(3); Art. 36(2); Art. 39(2); Art. 45; Art. 49; Art. 51(2); Art. 73; Art. 79(1)
Non-provision-specific issues addressed
Burden of proof; Rescission of contract under domestic law because of party's mistake (error) at contract formation
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This decision cites the following CISG-AC Opinion 1
This decision is cited by 2
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Decision published in 2
145 Entscheidungen des Schweizerischen Bundesgerichts (BGE) III, 383–391 [Text (excerpt) – in German]
Internationales Handelsrecht (IHR) (2019), 236–244 [Full text – in German]
Comments on this decision 7
Christoph Brunner, Dario Galli & Markus Vischer, 'Die Rechtsprechung des Bundesgerichts zum Kaufvertragsrecht im Jahr 2019', Jusletter (7. Dezember 2020), at no. 1–20 [– in German]
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Darius Galli & Markus Vischer, 'Anwendbarkeit des CISG auch bei einem Irrtum über Eigenschaften des Kaufgegenstands', CJN (Commentaire de jurisprudence numérique) / dRSK (Digitaler Rechtsprechungs-Kommentar) (27. Januar 2020) [– in German]  
Thomas Koller, '„Ansprüche im Zusammenhang mit der vertraglichen Beschaffenheit des Kaufobjekts“ im Spannungsfeld zwischen UN-Kaufrecht (CISG) und nationalem Recht', Jusletter (11. Mai 2020) [– in German]  
Jörg Schmid, 'Die privatrechtliche Rechtsprechung des Bundesgerichts im Jahr 2019 - Obligationenrecht', Zeitschrift des Bernischen Juristenvereins / Revue de la société des juristes bernois (ZBJV) (2020), 677–700 [– in German]
Ulrich G. Schroeter, 'Irrtumsanfechtung nach nationalem Recht und Anforderungen an Ausschlussvereinbarungen bei Anwendbarkeit des UN-Kaufrechts (CISG): Zugleich Anmerkung zu Schweizerisches Bundesgericht, 28.5.2019 – 4A_543/2018', Internationales Handelsrecht (IHR) (2019), 231–235 [– in German]  
Jacques de Werra, 'Swiss Commercial Contracts: Review of Recent Case Law', Jusletter (9. Dezember 2019), 1–16, at no. 18–22 [– in English]  
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