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Commission Regulations in the AGB (Standard Business Terms) for Trade Representative Contracts

Trade agents contractual commission regulations can be ineffective according to § 307 para. 1 sentence 2 BGB (Federal code of law) if they are contradictory.


Cologne, NRW -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/28/2014 -- GRP Rainer Lawyers Tax Advisors, Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt elaborates: the higher regional court in Munich (Az. 23 U 4793/11) decided on 22.03.2012 that a commission determining clause can be invalid in view of coexisting and simultaneously completed cooperation agreement and trade-agent contract because, they can be contradictory.

In the case decided by the higher regional court of Munich, two parties fought over the premise to claims of a commission for a trade-agent contract from a cooperation agreement, as well as, a simultaneously agreed upon and coexisting trade-agent contract. The defendant appealed that a claim to a commission payment is only justified within the parameters of the cooperation agreement, if a finance-contract is prepared, completed and signed due to the trade-agents umpiring.

In view of the trade-agent-contract, this clause stands in violation to the § 307 para. 1 sentence 2 BGB Transparenzgebot (transparency dictate), argued the higher regional court of Munich. In the matter of dispute over the trade-agent-contract the regulation § 87 para. 1 HGB was used. The coexisting regulations of the cooperation agreement and the trade-agent-contract are unclear and contradictory. It also wasn’t evident which regulation was prevalent. A predominant regulation could not be determined. In light of the cooperation agreements regulations, an unjustified disadvantage is assumed according to § 307 para. 2 BGB, because of the risk that the claim to a commission could be suppressed and invalidated by causality of the framework of the cooperation agreement.

The non-concessions complaint is pending at the German federal court under Az. VII ZR 114/12.

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