Legal Literature

  • Legal Literature Details
    • Member State: Slovakia
    • Title: Catalogue companies, their contracts and commercial practices from a legal point of view
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    • Author: JUDr. Jana BIROŠČÁKOVÁ
    • Reference: Bulletin slovenskej advokácie, 2007, vol. 7-8, pages 25 - 31
    • Publication Year: 2007
    • Keywords: fine print, misleading advertising
  • Directive Articles
    Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, Chapter 2, Section 1, Article 6, 1.
  • Headnote
    This article describes the deceitful practices of catalogue companies that have also appeared in Slovakia. These kinds of companies sometimes advertise their products or services to be for free, whereas their paper forms state with small letters (sometimes on the back) that the form constitutes an irrevocable and chargeable order. The author mentioned that campaigns against catalogue companies had been organized all over Europe with state administrative bodies, consumer protection NGOs and the injured parties as participants. The article names different ways, which enable the injured party to avoid the duty to pay any of the demanded fees. It cites the UCP Directive and states that its Art. 6 Sec.1 letters a).b),c) about misleading practices with its corresponding Annex I is exactly the right legislative norm that will stop the spread of such companies.
  • General Note
    The article was published in the time right before new Act. No.250/2007 Coll. on Consumer Protection as amended was adopted (which implemented the UCP Directive in Slovakian law). 
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