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  (1) The buyer loses the right to rely on lack of conformity of the goods if he does not give notice to the seller specifying the nature of the lack of conformity within a reasonable time after he has discovered it or ought to have discovered it.

(2) In any event, the buyer loses the right to rely on a lack of conformity of the goods if he does not give the seller notice thereof at the latest within a period of two years from the date on which the goods were actually handed over to the buyer, unless the time limit is inconsistent with a contractual period of guarantee.


Issues       
# Cases
 1 Buyer's obligation to give seller notice of lack of conformity of goods
33
  1.1 Requirements for notice
20
   1.1.1 Specification of nature of lack of conformity
33
  1.2 Time of notice
51
   1.2.1 Within reasonable time, but never more than two years, after buyer discovers or should have discovered lack of conformity
Country # Cases  
Arbitral Award 5  
Austria 4  
Belgium 14  
Date Court
05.10.1994 Tribunal de Commerce de Bruxelles, 7ème ch.
16.12.1996 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Kortrijk
21.01.1997 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Hasselt
27.06.1997 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Kortrjik
19.05.1999 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Hasselt
29.01.2001 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Ieper
08.03.2001 Cour d'Appel, Mons
25.04.2001 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Veurne
23.05.2001 Hof van Beroep, Gent
18.01.2002 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Mechelen
06.03.2002 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Hasselt
10.05.2004 Hof van Hoger Beroep, Gent
04.06.2004 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Kortrijk
20.09.2005 Rechtbank van Koophandel, Hasselt
Canada 1  
China 1  
Denmark 1  
Finland 1  
France 12  
Germany 23  
Italy 7  
Netherlands 12  
Spain 6  
Switzerland 8  
USA 8  
Romania 1  
Croatia 1  
105
    1.2.1.1 Contractual agreement for different period of guarantee
13
   1.2.2 Waiver of the defence that notice is not timely
9
 2 Failure to give timely notice
48
Total: 217


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