Supreme Court orders Ramos Group to pay up for stolen vehicle
The Supreme Court of Justice rejected a motion to dismiss filed by the Ramos Group and the Multicentro La Sirena Charles de Gaulle, and ordered the company to pay for the vehicle stolen from their parking lot. As a result, the SCJ confirmed the sentence that ordered them to pay RD$400,000 to Yolanda Martinez, whose vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the department store on Charles de Gaulle Ave.
In their decision, the magistrates said that the warning of “We are not responsible for theft or damages which might occur to your vehicle in this parking lot” does not exempt them from responsibility for the clients who own cars parked in their lots that are under their watch. They said that the warning was ”a unilateral decision which was not expressly accepted by the users of the service and in no way can it be imposed on them to their prejudice.”
The Ramos Group had argued that parking was a free service, but the court said that it was an accessory of the economic activity of the establishment and constitutes part of the price of the articles purchased.
As a result of this ruling, it is expected that major stores with parking areas will improve the surveillance at parking lots nationwide.
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