Rulings

Summaries of all the Supreme Court's rulings by a division, a grand chamber and the plenary are found in English translation, dating back to 2000.

The Supreme Court has its own legal translator, which allows the Court to provide a larger number of translated full-text rulings. The rulings are selected based on what we believe may be of interest outside of Norway.

Latest translated rulings

Licence for wind power development on Fosen ruled invalid as the construction interferes with Sami reindeer herders' right to enjoy their own culture

Supreme Court judgment 11 October 2021, HR-2021-1975-S (case no. 20-143891SIV-HRET, case no. 20-143892-SIV-HRET and case no. 20-143893SIV-HRET) I: Statnett SF (Counsel Pål-Martin Abell and Counsel Johan Fredrik Remmen) v. Sør-Fosen sijte (Counsel Andreas Brønner and Counsel Eirik Brønner), Nord-Fosen siida (Counsel Knut Helge Hurum) and Fosen Vind DA (Counsel Pål-Martin Abell and Counsel Johan...

The "Nav case" - Acquittal in reopened criminal case on social security fraud

The Supreme Court judgment 2 July 2021, HR-2021-1453-S, (case no. 20-046393STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment.  The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Henry John Mæland) v. A (Counsel Anders Morten Brosveet and John Christian Elden). Attending in the case: The State represented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (The Office of the Attorney General represented by Pål...

Strip-searches during remand in custody

Supreme Court judgment 28 May 2021, HR-2021-1155-A, (case no. 20-178462STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment.  A (Counsel Halvard Helle), B (Counsel John Christian Elden), C (Counsel Øivind Sterri) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Hugo Henstein)

Violation of section 10 of the Competition Act on prohibition against cooperation with the object of restricting competition

Supreme Court judgment 21 May 2021, HR-2021-1086-A, (case no. 20-160777SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  I. Cappelen Damm Holding AS, Cappelen Damm AS (Counsel Olav Kolstad) v. The State represented by the Competition Authority (The Office of the Attorney General represented by Pål Erik Wennerås), (Assisting counsel: Kristin Hallsjø Aarvik) II. Gyldendal ASA, Gyldendal Norsk Forl...

Decisions on licensed culling of wolves

Supreme Court judgment 26 March 2021, HR-2021-662-A, (case no. 20-055609SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  I.  The State represented by the Ministry of Climate and Environment (The Office of the Attorney General represented by Asgeir Nygård), (Assisting counsel: Elisabeth Stenwig), The Norwegian Farmers' Union (intervener), Norskog (intervener), The Norwegian Forest Owners'...

The prohibition against sexual harassment

Supreme Court judgment 22 December 2020, HR-2020-2476-A, (sak nr. 20-027579SIV-HRET) og (sak nr. 20-027583SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  I. A (Counsel Tina Storsletten Nordstrøm), Fellesforbundet (intervener) (Counsel Lars Olav Skårberg) v. B (Counsel Nicolay Skarning) II. C (Counsel Hedvig Cecilie Svardal) (Assisting counsel Jan-Erik Sverre) v. A (Counsel Tina Storsletten...

Article 112 of the Constitution and the validity of a royal decree to grant production licences

Supreme Court judgment 22 December 2020, HR-2020-2472-P, (case no. 20-051052SIV-HRET, civil case, appeal against judgment:  Nature and Youth Norway Greenpeace Nordic Friends of the Earth Norway (intervener) The Grandparents Climate Campaign (intervener) (Counsel Emanuel Feinberg and Cathrine Hambro) v. The State represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (The Office of the Attorney...

Time limit for submitting a claim for standard compensation for delayed flights

Supreme Court judgment 14 December 2020, HR-2020-2401-A, (case no. 19-186250SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  Svenn Nilsen (Counsel Christina Doreen Steimler), The Norwegian Consumer Council (third-party intervener) (Counsel Erlend Haaskjold) v. Finnair Oyj (Counsel Runar Hansen, Counsel Aage Krogh), NHO Luftfart (third-party intervener) (Counsel Tage Brigt Andreassen Skoghøy)

Three Supreme Court justices disqualified from serving

Supreme Court order issued 28 October 2020 by the plenary of the Supreme Court, HR-2020-2079-P, (case no. 20-051052SIV-HRET) Nature and Youth Norway Greenpeace Nordic The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (third-party intervener) The Grandparents Climate Campaign (third-party intervener) (Counsel Emanuel Feinberg and Cathrine Hambro) v. The State represented by the Ministry of...

Child welfare. Revocation of care order.

Supreme Court 15 September 2020,HR-2020-1788-A, (case no. 20-035781SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  A, B (Counsel Mehvish Taj Haider) v. X municipality (Counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen) (Assisting counsel: Bendik Falch-Koslung)

The relationship between the employer and the employee during a transfer of undertaking

Supreme Court judgment 26 June 2020, HR-2020-1339-A, (case no. 19-152294SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. I. ISS Facility Services AS, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) (third-party intervener) (Counsel Kurt Weltzien), The Employers' Association Spekter (third-party intervener) (Counsel Tarjei Thorkildsen) v. Oløf Gunnlaugsdottir mfl. (Counsel Alexander Salvatore...

Jurisdiction under Article 11 (2) of the Lugano Convention

Supreme Court order 24 June 2020, HR-2020-1328-A, (case no. 19-151103SIV-HRET) and (case no. 19-151228SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against order.  I. Marship MPP GmbH Co. KG, A Line Corporation Trust Company Complex (advokat Andreas Stang Lund) v. Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig (Counsel Herman Steen) II. Marship MPP GmbH Co. KG, A Line Corporation Trust Company Complex (advokat Andreas...

Rejection of request for reopening

The Supreme Court order 9 June 2020, HR-2020-1201-A, (case no. 20-007980SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against order.  A (Counsel Gisken Elisabeth Brungot) v. X municipality (Counsel Øyvind Grødal), B, C (Counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen)

Trademark infringement

Supreme Court judgment 2 June 2020, HR-2020-1142-A, (case no. 19-141420SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  Henrik Huseby (Counsel Per Harald Gjerstad) v. Apple Inc (Counsel Sigurd Holter Torp)

Confiscation order against the owner of a vessel

Supreme Court order 31 March 2020, HR-2020-710-A, (case no. 19-166502STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against order.  Osprey (PD357) Limited (Counsel Tor Henning Rustan Knudsen) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Lars Fause and Tore Kulstad)

Child welfare: Adoption and the application of Article 8 of the ECHR

Supreme Court order 27 March 2020, HR-2020-661-S, (case no. 00-0000001SIV-HRET), appeal against X Court of Appeal's decision 12 August 2019 A (Counsel Halvard Helle), B (Counsel Paal Berg Helland) v. Y municipality (Counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen), (Assisting counsel Bendik Falch-Koslung), KS (third-party intervener), (Counsel Frode Lauareid) Participating in accordance with section 30-13 of the...

Child welfare - care order and contact rights. The application of Article 8 of ECHR

Supreme Court order 27 March 2020, HR-2020-663-S, (case no. 00-000001SIV-HRET) and (case no. 00-000002SIV-HRET), appeals against X Court of Appeal's decisions 19 July 2019 and 29 July 2019 I. A (Counsel Bente Mostad Tjugum) v. Y municipality (Counsel Frode Lauareid), (Assisting counsel: Trine Riiber), KS (third-party intervener) (Counsel Frode Lauareid), B (Counsel: Steinar Thomassen) II. B...

Non-compliant management of securities funds.

Supreme Court judgment 27 February 2020, HR-2020-475-A, (case no. 19-103417SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  DNB Asset Management AS (Counsel Frode Andersen Innjord) v. The Norwegian Consumer Council (class representative) (Counsel Jens-Henrik Lien and Steinar Mageli)

Limitation of insurance claims in international maritime insurance

Supreme Court judgment 4 February 2020, HR-2020-257-A, (case no. 19-053865SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  I. Assuranseforeningen SKULD (Gjensidig) SKULD Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Bermuda) Ltd (Counsel Atle Johansen Skaldebø-Rød) v. Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig (Counsel Bjarne Andreas Meidell) (Assisting counsel: Stephen Knudtzon) II. SwissMarine...

The main contractor's objections to the subcontractor's final account

Supreme Court judgment 31 January 2020, HR-2020-228-A, (case no. 19-132407SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. Skanska Norge AS (Counsel Asbjørn Lyséll Dølvik), Entreprenørforeningen - Bygg og Anlegg (Counsel Nils-Henrik Pettersson), (EBA) (third-party intervener) v. HGT AS (Counsel Henrik Garmann), Maskinentreprenørenes Forbund (Counsel Arve Martin Bjørnvik) (third-party intervener)

Hate speech on Facebook 1

Supreme Court judgment 29 January 2020, HR-2020-184-A, (case no. 19-104841STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment. A (Counsel Laila Kjærevik) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Kristine Herrebrøden)

Hate speech on Facebook 2

Supreme Court judgment 29 January 2020, HR-2020-185-A, (case no. 19-111561STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment. A (Counsel Håkon Mathias Sterling Danielsen) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Kristine Herrebrøden)

Care order and contact rights

Supreme Court judgment 27 March 2020, HR-2020-662-S, (case no. 00-000000SIV-HRET), appeal against X Court of Appeal's judgment 24 June 2019. A, B (Counsel Anders Brosveet) v. Y municipality (Counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen) (Assisting counsel advokat Bendik Falch-Koslung), KS (third-party intervener) (Counsel Frode Lauareid). Participating in accordance with section 30-13 of the Dispute Act: The...

Standard of proof when determining the age of asylum seekers

Supreme Court judgment 12 December 2019, HR-2019-2344-A, (case no. 19-093113SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. A, B, C, D, D, E (Counsel Georg Abusdal Engebretsen), Norwegian Organisation for asylum seekers (NOAS) (Counsel Jan Fougner) (third-party intervener) v. The State represented by the Immigration Appeals Board (The Office of the Attorney General represented by Ingrid Skog...

Section 6-3 subsection 1 of the Child Welfare Act

Supreme Court order 9 December 2019, HR-2019-2301-A, (case no. 19-078205SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against order. A (Counsel Knut Gunnar Brindem) v. X municipality (Counsel Frode Lauareid), B (Counsel Olav Sylte) Attending in accordance with section 30-13 of the Dispute Act: The State represented by the the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs (The Office of the Attorney General represent...

Trademark infringement on the Internet

Supreme Court judgment 28 November 2019, HR-2019-2213-A, (case no. 19-087366SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. Video Communication Services AS (Counsel Magnus Hauge Greaker) v. Appear TV AS (Counsel Henrik Felix Reimers)  

Conditions for bringing action in Norway against foreign companies

Supreme Court order 27 November 2019, HR-2019-2206-A, (case no. 19-023426SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against order. I. Bring Express Sverige AB Bring Cargo Inrikes AB Bring Linehaul AB Bring Frigo Åkeri AB Svebol Logistics AB Bring Åkeri AB Bring Trucking a.s. (Counsel Ole Rasmus Asbjørnsen) v. Iveco S.p.A Iveco Magirus AG CNH Industrial N.V. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (Counsel Aksel...

Selection pool in connection with restructuring and downsizing

Supreme Court judgment 29 October 2019, HR-2019-1986-A (case no. 19-026350SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  Telenor Norge AS (Counsel Sten Foyn), Abelia (third-party intervener) (Counsel Margrethe Meder) v. A (Counsel Karl Inge Rotmo), EL og IT Forbundet (third-party intervener) (Counsel Rune Lium)

Threats against a member of the Storting

Supreme Court judgment 17 October 2019, HR-2019-1922-A, (case no. 19-70106STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment I. A (Counsel Brynjar Nielsen Meling) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Fredrik G. Ranke) II. A (Counsel Brynjar Nielsen Meling) v. B (Counsel Halvard Helle)

Claim for damages after public procurement - The Fosen-Linjen case

The Supreme Court judgment 27 September 2019, HR-2019-1801-A (case no. 18-77187SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment.  I. AtB AS (Counsel Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim) (Assisting counsel Anne Hesjedal Sending) v. Fosen-Linjen AS (Counsel Anders Tholfsen Thue) (Assisting counsel Christian Henrik Prahl Reusch), The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (Counsel Morten Goller) (third-party...

Confiscation of the right to use a domain name

Supreme Court judgment 17 September 2019 , HR-2019-1743-A, (case no. 19-057105STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment. Imcasreg8 (Counsel John Christian Elden) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Elisabeth Harbo-Lervik)

Prohibition against the use of Lovdata's databases

Supreme Court order 11 September 2019 (HR-2019-1725-A (case no. 19-22475SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against order. Fredrik Ljone, Håkon Wium Lie (Counsel Halvor Manshaus) v. Stiftelsen Lovdata (Counsel Jon Wessel-Aas)

Rejection of a class action due to the lack of jurisdiction

The Supreme Court's Appeal Selection Committee's order 19 August 2019, HR-2019-1577-U (case no. 19-87874SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against order Leif Magne Tandstad (Counsel Erling Torbjørnsson Eggen represented by Anne Christina Ødegaard) v. HSBC Holdings plc, HSBC Bank plc, HSBC Bank plc (Counsel Alexander Michael Plows)

Moving with children to Italy

Supreme Court judgment 26 June 2019, HR-2019-1230-A (case no. 19-009047SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment A (Counsel Mette Renholt Ackenhausen) v. B (Counsel Leif Oscar Olsen) 

Retention of DNA profile

Supreme Court judgment 26 June 2019, HR-2019-1226-A, (case no. 19-014740SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. A (Counsel John Christian Elden) v. The State represented by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (Counsel Knut-Fredrik Haug-Hustad)

Claim for extra payment for disruption

Supreme Court judgment 26 June 2019, HR-2019-1225-A (case no. 18-175510SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. I. Oppland County Authority (Counsel Arve Martin Bjørnvik) (Assisting counsel: Johnny Johansen) v. Hab Construction AS (Counsel Nils-Henrik Pettersson) II. Hab Construction AS (Counsel Nils-Henrik Pettersson) v. Oppland County Authority (Counsel Arve Martin Bjørnvik) (Assisting...

Ground lease

Supreme Court judgment 24 June 2019, HR-2019-1206-A (case no. 18-179157SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against reappraisal. Mallin Eiendom AS, Stiftelsen Karibu (Counsel Carina Orge Borchgrevink Næss) v. Marianne Cecilia Lundin and others (Counsel Anders Christian Stray Ryssdal). Attending in accordance with section 30-13 of the Dispute Act: The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (The Office...

The court of appeal's order to present evidence

Supreme Court order 27 May 2019, HR-2019-997-A, (case no. 18-186326SIV-HRET) Felleskjøpet Agri SA (Counsel Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen) v. Infor (Steinhausen) II GmbH (Counsel Ola Haugen) 

The Road Transport Act or the Maritime Code for combined transport

Supreme Court judgment 14 May 2019, HR-2019-912-A, (case no. 18-154904SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment dom. I. Kuehne + Nagel AS (Counsel Yngve von Ahnen) v.Axa Corporate Solutions, Nexans Norway AS, CNA Insurance Company Ltd (Counsel Trond Hatland) II. Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, Pentagon Freight Services AS (Counsel Frithjof Herlofsen) v. Kuehne + Nagel AS (Counsel Yngve von Ahne...

A search may be conducted at Tidal Music AS

Supreme Court order 28 March 2019, HR-2019-610-A, (case no. 19-010640STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against order. Tidal Music AS (Counsel Fredrik Berg) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Henrik Horn)

Negligent skiing, duty of care

Supreme Court judgment 12 March 2019, HR-2019-497-A, (case no. 18-176486STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment A (Counsel Svein Kjetil Stallemo) v. The Public Prosecution authority (Counsel Anders Mandal Funnemark), B (Counsel Tom Sørum)

Penalty for serious threats

Supreme Court judgment 4 March 2019, HR-2019-440-A, (case no. 18-168736STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment. A (Counsel Halvard Helle) v. B, C (Counsel Odd-Rune Torstrup), The Public Prosecution Authority (Counsel Asbjørn Eritsland)

Liability for injuries sustained on a RIB tour

Supreme Court judgment 15 February 2019, HR-2019-318-A, (case no. 18-128574SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. A (Counsel Tom Sørum) v. Gjensidige Forsikring ASA (Counsel Merete Anita Utgård)

Catching of snow crab on the Norwegian continental shelf

Supreme Court judgment 14 February 2019, HR-2019-282-S, (case no. 18-064307STR-HRET), criminal case, appeal against judgment A and SIA North Star Ltd (Counsel Hallvard Østgård) v. The Public Prosecution Authority (Public prosecutors Lars Fause and Tolle Stabell)

Delivery of goods despite the seller's stoppage order

Supreme Court judgment 6 February 2019, HR-2019-231-A, (case no. 18-051892SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment: Genfoot Inc. (Counsel Tage Brigt Andreassen Skoghøy) v. SCHENKERocean Ltd (Counsel Hans Peder Bjerke)

Tax deduction for group contribution

Supreme Court judgment 28 January 2019, HR-2019-140-A (case no. 18-069096-HRET), civil case, appeal against judgment. Yara International ASA (Counsel Morten Goller) v. The state represented by the Central Tax Office for Large Enterprises

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