- Court of Justice ruling on transparency of terms in consumer insurance contracts
- Number of pages
- Brussels: European Parliamentary Research Service
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
European consumers are protected against unfair terms in consumer contracts, including insurance contracts. However, this protection does not extend to terms setting out the essential elements of a contract, such as the extent of the risk covered and the amount of the insurance premium. Nevertheless, if the term under scrutiny is not drafted in 'plain, intelligible language', a court may proceed to evaluate its fairness. The Court of Justice of the EU clarified the concept of 'plain, ntelligible language' in a recent decision, stating that a term in a contract can be qualified as such only if it allows an average consumer actually to understand the economic consequences of the term.
- PE 556.987. - May 2015
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