Kazakh Mother Defeats Circus in Consumer Rights Case

Lifestyle | June 20, 2011, Monday // 10:56|  views

A general view during the 35th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, 25 January 2011. Photo by BGNES

A disappointed Kazakh youth occasioned the national circus to be fined for changing its program without informing its spectators.

Zhetya Golovin went to the circus in Almaty only to find that the number with trained lions and tigers that was announced on the poster was missing from the program.

He went very upset and thought his mother Irina Golovina had misled him, reports Russian paper Vremya.

This led Irina to file a case against the circus, requesting that it refund her tickets and to pay her an indemnity for moral damages.

Golovina's claim was rejected by the first two instances, but the Supreme Court of Cassation finally found the claim justified.

The Court reduced the indemnity 30 times, from 900,000 tenge to 30,000 tenge (some USD 200).

The Kazakh Court of Cassation nevertheless that the state circus had breached the law on consumer protection, and that it had to inform spectators of the exact program, in order to let them informedly choose whether to buy tickets or not.

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Tags: consumer, consumer rights, Kazakhstan, Almaty


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