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National ID AP de Islas Baleares (Sección 5ª) Sentencia núm. 303/2009 de 15 septiembre
Estado miembro España
Common Name link
Decision type Court decision in appeal
Decision date 15/09/2009
Órgano jurisdiccional Audiencia Provincial de Palma de Mallorca
Asunto
Demandante EURODETECTION, S.L.
Demandado Unknown
Palabras clave prior information, repair, written confirmation

Distance Selling Directive, Article 4 Distance Selling Directive, Article 5

(1) Failure to provide specific information on the product to be sold remotely to a consumer renders the contract null and void. Spanish law is more stringent than Directive 97/7/EC as it requires the contract with the consumer to be in written form.

(2) Moral rights are compatible with damage compensation arising from infraction of the distance contracts advance information/documentation regime.
The plaintiff sold remotely a metal detector to the defendant without providing information on the product brand, model, features, etc. The product was returned by the defendant. The plaintiff did not reject or express any objection to said return at the time but it did not reimburse the price to the defendant. The defendant filed a successful claim asking for twice the price of the product and moral damages. The plaintiff claims that the returned product was damaged and asks for the decision to be repealed.
(1) Does failure to provide specific information on the product to be sold remotely to a consumer render the contract null and void?

(2) Are moral rights compatible with damage compensation arising from infraction of the distance contracts advance information/ documentation regime?
The court ruled to partially confirm the first instance decision on the basis that according to the means of evidence filed by the parties, the information provided to the defendant was general and entitled him to return the product purchased, as the Spanih laws compel to the use of a contract in written form when consumers are involved. Moral rights are potentially awardable in these cases but in the case at stake, the defendant's uncertainty and concern do not qualify as a cause for which moral rights can be awarded.
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The court partially confirms the first instance decision. The plaintiff is ordered to pay the defendant twice the price of the product but no moral rights compensation.