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Case Details
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Member State Slovenia
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Decision type Court decision in appeal
Decision date 15/07/2015
Court Higher court in Ljubljana (civil department)
Plaintiff Unknown
Defendant Unknown
Keywords consumer, inaccurate information, plain, intelligble language, proof of loss

Unfair Contract Terms Directive, Article 6, 1.

The unclear provision of standard terms cannot be binding for consumers and is void.
Because the defendant did not perform its obligations under the contract on operative leasing, the contract was terminated. The plaintiff therefore expected to be compensated the damages for termination of the contract. The dispute arose because the contract did not include clear provisions as to what the plaintiff may claim upon termination of the contract. The defendant claimed that as the standard terms under this contract are unclear in terms of calculating the damages in the event of termination of the contract, they are not binding for him as the consumer.
The court found that the financial-mathematical model set out in the provision that covered termination of the contract was not precisely determined and did not allow for calculation of damages in the event of termination of the contract. As the way of calculation under the contract pursuant, which in the present case formed the substantive law, was not clear, the matter was returned back to the first instance. The first instance should then pay attention to the fact that the way of calculation under the contract is unclear and thus void, therefore only the actual loss can be determined.
Is the provision of standard terms binding for the consumer, even though it is unclear?
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The plaintiff's request was granted.