Commercial law - Responsibility - Portugal

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In this case study on commercial law - liability, Member States were asked to advise the customer on litigation costs given the following situations:

Case A – National situation: A heating equipment manufacturer delivers a heater to an installer. The installer sells on (and installs) the heater to a customer to equip his/her house. The house catches fire shortly after. All those involved (heating equipment manufacturer, installer, end-customer) are insured. The origin of the fire is contested. Nobody wants to compensate the customer.

The customer decides to sue the heating equipment manufacturer, the heating equipment installer and the insurance companies for full compensation.

Case B – Transnational situation: A heating equipment manufacturer in a Member State B delivers a heater to an installer in a Member State C. The installer sells on (and installs) the heater to a customer in Member State A to equip his/her house. The house catches fire shortly after. All parties involved (heating equipment manufacturer, installer, end-customer) are insured by insurance companies in their own Member States. The origin of the fire is contested. Nobody wants to compensate the customer.

The customer decides to sue in Member State A the heating equipment manufacturer, the heating equipment installer and the insurance company in Member State A for full compensation.


Costs of proceedings

Costs in Portugal

Translation and interpretation costs

Practical situation

Translation

Interpretation

Other costs specific to cross-border disputes?

When and under what circumstances is translation necessary?

Approximate cost?

When and under what circumstances is interpreting necessary?

Approximate cost?

Description

Approximate cost?

Case A

For decisions by non‑Portuguese courts or documents not in Portuguese

EUR 0.027 per word

If the person in question is not and does not speak Portuguese, a translator/interpreter has to be appointed.

Between EUR 102 and EUR 204

Case B

For decisions by non-Portuguese courts or documents not in Portuguese

EUR 0.027 per word

If the person in question is not and does not speak Portuguese, a translator/interpreter has to be appointed.

Between EUR 102 and EUR 204


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Last update: 08/11/2019