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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  
Canada 1  
China 1  
Denmark 1  
Finland 1  
France 12  
Germany 23  
Date Court
31.08.1989 Landgericht Stuttgart
03.04.1990 Landgericht Aachen
16.09.1992 Landgericht Berlin
30.09.1992 Landgericht Berlin
09.12.1992 Landgericht Frankfurt am Main
08.01.1993 Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf
10.02.1994 Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf
23.06.1994 Landgericht Düsseldorf
08.02.1995 Oberlandesgericht München
05.04.1995 Landgericht Landshut
21.08.1995 Oberlandesgericht Stuttgart
29.01.1996 Amtsgericht Augsburg
25.06.1997 Oberlandesgericht Karlsruhe
03.06.1998 Oberlandesgericht Saarbrücken
03.11.1999 Bundesgerichtshof
30.11.1999 Landesgericht Köln
05.12.2000 Oberlandesgericht Oldenburg
14.02.2001 Saarländisches Oberlandesgericht
20.02.2002 Landgericht München
02.07.2002 Landgericht Saarbrücken
22.08.2002 Oberlandesgericht Schleswig
21.03.2003 Landgericht Berlin
30.06.2004 Bundesgerichtshof
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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