Actions for breach of sales contract of goods

Actions for price of goods by seller

In case of breach of sales contract of goods, the seller may have the following actions against the buyer for the price of goods if:

  1. The ownership of the goods has passed to the buyer and he wrongfully neglects or refuses to pay for the goods according to the terms of the sales contract;[1] or
  2. The price is payable on a certain day, irrespective of delivery or of transfer of title and the buyer wrongfully neglects or refuses to pay such price, the seller may maintain an action for the price although the ownership[2] in the goods has not passed.[3]

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Rights and Obligations of the Buyer in Sales Transactions

Acceptance of delivery and payment of purchase price

The buyer is obligated to accept delivery and to pay the price of the thing sold at the time and place[1] stipulated in the contract.”[2] Except as otherwise agreed upon, the buyer is not required to accept delivery by installments.[3]

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Warranty against hidden defects or encumbrance in sales transactions

Hidden defects

The seller is responsible for warranty against the hidden defects which the thing sold may have, if they render it unfit for the use for which it is intended, or if they diminish its fitness for such use to such an extent that, had the vendee been aware thereof, he would not have acquired it or would have given a lower price for it.[1] The said vendor is not answerable for patent defects or those which may be visible, or for those which are not visible if the vendee is an expert who, by reason of his trade or profession, should have known them.[2]

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Concept of Sale

In a contract of sale, “one of the contracting parties obligates himself to transfer the ownership and to deliver a determinate thing, and the other to pay therefor a price certain in money or its equivalent.”[1] A sales contract may either be absolute or conditional.[2]

Perfection of sales contract

The perfection of the sales contract happens when there is a meeting of minds upon the thing which is the object of the contract and upon the price.[3] The parties may reciprocally demand performance reckoned from such moment subject to the provisions of the law governing the form of contracts.[4]

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