Case C- 557/12 Kone and others [Archived]
Case C- 557/12 Kone and others [Archived]

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Case facts

Outline National reference from the Austrian Oberster Gerichtshof (Supreme Court) to the Court of Justice requesting a preliminary ruling under Article 267 TFEU seeking to clarify whether the treatment of 'umbrella pricing' under Member State domestic law (in particular, laws which exclude the possibility for customers of undertakings not involved in a cartel to be able to claim compensation from the cartel participants for any overcharge suffered as a result of 'umbrella effects') is compatible with EU law.

See Are cartels liable for umbrella pricing claims?

Parties • KONE AG (Kone)
• Otis GmbH (Otis)
• Schindler Aufzüge und Fahrtreppen GmbH (Schindler Aufzüge)
• Schindler Liegenschaftsverwaltung GmbH (Schindler Liegenschaftsverwaltung)
• ThyssenKrupp Aufzüge GmbH (ThyssenKrupp)
• ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG (ÖBB)
• Oberster Gerichtshof (Austrian Supreme Court)

Kone, Otis, Schindler Aufzüge, Schindler Liegenschaftsverwaltung and ThyssenKrupp Aufzüge undertakings are parties active in the supply, installation and maintenance of elevators and escalators in a number of Member States. ÖBB is a subsidiary of Österreichische Bundesbahnen (Austrian Federal Railways), that is responsible for the maintenance and