Unconscionability in Contracts between Merchants in French Law : Some Reflections and Propositions in the Light of Comparative Law (Quelques Réflexions Et Propositions Au Sujet Des Clauses 'Déraisonnables' Ou 'Abusives' Dans Les Contrats Conclus Entre Professionnels, À La Lueur Du Droit Comparé Et Des Propositions Savantes)
Libre Droit - Mélanges en l'honneur de Philippe Le Tourneau, Dalloz, pp. 655-703, 2008
49 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2011 Last revised: 18 Jan 2011
Date Written: 2008
This essay examines the French law of standard form contracts and its faults. It is argued that the limitation of the judicial control to solely consumer contracts is not justified. In the light of comparative law (particularly German law, Québec law and PECL), the author militates for the extension of judicial control to contracts between merchants. Some months after the publication of this article, the French legislature adopted a provision similar to article 2-302 of the UCC: Code de commerce, art. L. 442-6, § 4. Thus, this contribution can be seen as an anticipatory comment of the new provision.
Keywords: adhesion contracts, good faith, precontractual liability, standard form contracts, unfair terms, consumer contracts, contracts between merchants, French law, German law, comparative law
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