Laws, jurisdictions and court decisions in Austria
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Austrian Laws, Jurisdictions and Court Decisions

C.A.T. Vs. CAT (Caterpillar)

Listed Austrian oilfield equipment maker C.A.T. oil AG was renamed officially to Petro Welt Technologies AG. The cause for this step was an ongoing dispute with U.S. construction machine maker Caterpillar Inc (CAT) due to the name rights.

August 24, 2016

Grasser Appeals Against Corruption Charges

Former Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser (FPÖ/ÖVP) is defending against charges of corruption with regard to the privatization of federal housing facilities and the Linz-based Terminal Tower. Grasser’s lawyer Manfred Ainedter announced that he would appeal against the charges laid down by the prosecution.

July 29, 2016

Terminal Tower Fraud and Corruption Lawsuit

News magazine "profil" has published the names of 166 witnesses in a huge lawsuit concerning a privatization project and the Linz-based Terminal Tower. The witnesses include former finance minister and industrialist Hannes Androsch, current Sberbank banker Gerhard Randa and former supervisory board member of Immofinance Guido Schmidt-Chiari, as well as banker Julius Meinl.

July 25, 2016

Withdrawal Fees: Finance Ministry Insist on Providing Clear Information

Austria's Finance Ministry would insist on providing clear information about cash withdrawal fees in the form of cash machine signage, the ministry's spokesman said.

July 13, 2016

Presidential Poll Result Overturned by Austrian Constitutional Court

Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party Norbert Hofer.

July 1, 2016

Tax Payers to Finance AvW Bankruptcy after all?

Tax payers may have to finance the bankruptcy of Carinthian financial company AvW after all, Presse daily reports in its online issue. The damage is estimated at EUR 148 million (USD 168.2 million).

June 8, 2016

Ex Hypo Alpe Adria SEE Units Post Consolidated Loss of EUR 675 Million

The southern European bank units formerly owned by Hypo Alpe Adria, and now in the hands of US equity fund Advent and the EBRD, posted in the first year under the new owners, in 2015, a huge consolidated loss of EUR 675 million. In 2014 the loss totalled EUR 97.4 million.

May 27, 2016

Franz Wolfahrt Stands in Civil-Law Trial Concerning Disputed Payments

In the civil-law trial concerning disputed payments to lobbyists Walter Meischberger and Peter Hochegger, former CEO of gambling company Novomatic, Franz Wolfahrt, once again confirmed that such payments were made in connection with the targeted loosening of gambling law in 2006, although he stressed that adequate services were provided in return.

May 24, 2016

Partial Victory for Do & Co Subsidiary Henry am Zug Against ÖBB

ÖBB train caterer Henry am Zug, a subsidiary of Do & Co recorded a partial victory at the administrative court, as the court (VwGH) ruled in a case concerning concealing information from the traffic inspection office of the city council in Vienna against the municipal authorities. Since taking over catering in ÖBB trains in 2012, Do & Co has faced accusations of trade unions of violating labor law. An administrative fine of EUR 1.3 million (USD 1.5 million) is looming over the catering business.

May 9, 2016

Split-Off of UniCredit's CEE Unit from Bank Austria is Nearing

The split-off of eastern European bank business from UniCredit subsidiary Bank Austria, and its transition to Milan, is nearing. Bank Austria’s management board already agreed to the step; now an auditor has to evaluate the measure and then the supervisory board is to decide. The plan is to be filed with the court in June.

May 6, 2016