The plaintiff is a German consumer protection agency. The defendant distributes prefabricated garages to end consumers since April 2004.
The defendant advertised its prefabricated garages in local newspapers. After a short conversation with interested consumers over the phone the defendant sent an agent acting on his behalf to the consumer's premises in order to make individual offers, based on the circumstances of the respective locations etc. Upon this home visit the consumers were asked to sign a contract which did not include a notice on the consumer's mandatory withdrawal right.
When consumers later exercised their withdrawal right within the legally given timeframe of two weeks, the defendant denied the right of withdrawal and insisted instead to a cancellation of the contract, requiring a fixed compensation for loss and damages to an extent of 25 % of the contract value as was stipulated in its general terms and conditions.
The plaintiff claimed this behaviour to be unlawful as according to its opinion it inter alia infringed § 5 I Nr. 3 and Nr. 7 UWG that implement Art 6 section (1) lit. f) and g) of the UCP Directive.