There are few legal grounds in Hungary on which a shareholder may be held liable for the debts of its company. One such ground is for a so-called 'long-term detrimental business policy'. The Supreme Court recently considered the statutory provision that provides for the piercing of the corporate veil in such an event. The decision marks a turning point in Hungarian company law.
Hungary's new Constitution has resulted in significant changes to the competence of the Constitutional Court, the most important of which introduced the concept of the 'real' or 'individual' constitutional complaint. This measure is expected to enhance the protection afforded to fundamental rights and to change the role that the Constitution plays - not only in the operation of the court system, but also in everyday life.
Award holders that seek to enforce a foreign award in Hungary must be aware of certain procedural pitfalls in the court process. They should also be prepared for some of the surprising effects of a re-awakened piece of legislation that, having lain virtually dormant for 40 years, is causing problems for foreign parties.
A recent, unpublished study, which was prepared by a Supreme Court judge in order to facilitate the amendment of Hungary's arbitration law, has summarised Hungarian court practice in connection with arbitration. It is particularly valuable because it considers a number of court rulings that are unavailable to the public.
The Hungarian Supreme Court recently ruled on the regulations which applied before the entry into force of the Civil Code on the prescription of claims against communal bonds issued by the City of Budapest, the so-called 'League of Nations' loan bonds and the limitation of claims based on state securities.
In a recent labour dispute an employer was ordered to pay a sum of money to its employee, but after it had done so the judgment was overturned by the Supreme Court. The employee argued that the employer was not entitled to be reimbursed accordingly, but the Supreme Court disagreed.
A recent decree sets out new rules for calculating the full costs of litigation proceedings. Controversially, it leaves the courts free to determine not only the amount of the costs of proceedings due to the winning party, but also whether the mandate fee agreed by the winning party and its legal representative is excessive.
A landmark decision has ended a long-running legal dispute between the state and the Budapest Metropolitan Municipality over a financing agreement for the construction of a new metro line. The court declared that the government must not assume a payment obligation encumbering the central budget without the Parliament's prior approval.
The Metropolitan Court of Budapest has granted a preliminary injunction requesting that the internet service provider subsidiary of Hungary's biggest telecommunications company suspend use of its domain name pending the binding resolution of a trademark litigation case involving another Hungarian entity.
Including: Constitutional Background; The Court System; Jurisdiction; Commencing an Action; Warrants for Payment; Preliminary Injunctions; Representation; Dismissal of a Lawsuit; Judgments; Appeals; Re-opening of a Case; Protest on Legal Grounds; Costs; Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
In May 2000 the Supreme Court of Hungary held that the Hungarian state must pay out in forints the value of a state bond which was issued in 1924 and expired in 1979. In doing so, it rejected the legal arguments of the Ministry of Finance and affirmed a Metropolitan Court judgment delivered last year.
In a landmark case, the Supreme Court has held that losers in a privatization tender have standing to bring a claim for violations of tender rules, but may not be judicially proclaimed as the winner.