The PZU Group entities participate in a number of litigations, arbitration disputes and administrative proceedings. Typical litigations involving the PZU Group companies include disputes pertaining to concluded insurance contracts, disputes concerning labor relationships and disputes relating to contractual obligations. Typical administrative proceedings involving the PZU Group companies include proceedings related to the possession of real properties. Such proceedings and litigation are of a typical and repetitive nature and usually no particular case is of material importance to the PZU Group.
The majority of disputes involving the PZU Group companies concerned four companies: PZU, PZU Życie, Pekao and Alior Bank. Additionally, PZU and PZU Życie are parties to proceedings conducted before the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection.
Estimates of the provision amounts for individual cases take into account all information available on the date of publishing this periodic report; however, this figure may change in the future. The insurance company takes disputed claims into account in the process of establishing technical provisions for known losses, considering the probability of an unfavorable outcome of the dispute and estimating the probable awarded amount.
As at 31 December 2019, the total value of dispute in all 294,687 cases (as at 31 December 2018: 217,810 cases) pending before courts, arbitration bodies or public administration authorities in which PZU Group entities take part, was PLN 8,363 million (as at 31 December 2018: PLN 7,804 million). This amount included PLN 4,293 million (as at 31 December 2018: PLN 4,108 million) of liabilities and PLN 4,070 million (as at 31 December 2018: PLN 3,696 million) of receivables of PZU Group companies.
In 2019 and by the date of signing the consolidated financial statements, the PZU Group companies were not involved in any proceedings conducted before a court, an arbitration body or a public administration authority which concerned any liabilities or receivables of PZU or any of its direct or indirect subsidiaries the unit value of which would be material, save for the issues described in the sections below.