Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Sales Survey Available!

I've just put the new Sales Survey up on SSRN. It will be out in the Business Lawyer sometime next summer. An excerpt regarding a a fun warranty case, Nigro v. Lee, 63 A.D.3d 1490 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept. 2009) about a car sold on Ebay:
Whether a seller’s statements made during negotiations or through advertising constitute an express warranty is a common point of contention between disgruntled buyers and their sellers. The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, of New York upheld summary judgment in favor of the defendant seller from Nevada who advertised a 1995 Mercedes Benz automobile on Ebay as “gorgeous” and with just minor blemishes, but sold the car “as is.” Upon arrival of the car to the buyer in New York, the buyer discovered the car had been damaged in an accident and had been painted, the upholstery was stained, the undercoating was worn out and parts were rusted, and that body work would cost $1,741.66. While the court recognized that any description of the goods could create an express warranty, the seller’s generalized expression was merely the seller's opinion of the car and constitutes “no more than ‘puffery,’ which should not have been relied upon as an inducement to purchase the vehicle,” particularly in light of the fact that this was a used car transaction. Moreover, the plaintiff could have discovered any deficiencies in the car by performing a routine inspection, which he did not do.
See U.C.C. 2-313.


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