Are police vehicles part of the critical infrastructure?

07.07.2022  |  Section 126 of the Austrian Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch, StGB) regulates serious damage to property. This is the case, among other things, if the property damaged is an essental part of the critical infrastructure (Section 126 (1) subparagraph 5 of the Austrian Criminal... (...)

Fleeing from the police can be expensive

08.12.2021  |  Recently, the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof) ruled that a fleeing criminal must pay damages to a police officer who was injured while pursuing the criminal. What happened? In the course of a police stop during the Covid19 pandemic "curfew," police... (...)

Does an imprisoned father have the right to see his child?

31.10.2021  |  At the time of the decision, the father of a minor child was serving a five-year prison sentence for, among other things, violent acts against his child and the child’s mother as well as other women. The child also had to witness the father’s violence against the... (...)

How long is a child entitled to maintenance?

29.09.2021  |  In a recent decision, the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof, OGH) dealt with questions of a child’s ability to support itself. The father of a minor child applied to be released from the obligation to pay monthly maintenance on the grounds that his child was... (...)

Is a drunk injured person guilty of contributory negligence?

26.08.2021  |  What happened? A man was a guest in a pub and obviously drank one or the other alcoholic beverage. On leaving the pub, he fell while descending a flight of stairs. The stairs were visibly blocked off at the top with a gate and were not safe to use for several reasons. The... (...)

About the scope of a claim for damages

08.06.2021  |  In a recent decision, the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof, OGH) once again dealt with questions of tort law. What happened? A motorcyclist collided with a passenger car and sustained serious injuries. Due to these injuries, the motorcyclist was unable to help his... (...)