Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDD): A New Paradigm for Corporate Responsibility

Publication date: May 20, 2024

In the face of a dynamically evolving global business landscape, the European Union is entering a new stage of reforms, moving towards a more sustainable and ethical model of economic development. The planned Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDD) is an important legal act that will introduce the foundations for a new paradigm of business responsibility. On 24 April 2024, the European Parliament adopted the CSDDD compromise proposal in a plenary vote. The final adoption and announcement of the text of the directive in the wording adopted by the EP and after changes resulting from linguistic and legal verification is planned in the coming weeks.

The announced adoption of the CSDD directive will culminate an approximately four-year process of developing regulations.


Digital asymmetry. Google’s self-preference assessed by the Court. Polish Ceneo wins over Google. The case concerned favoring one’s own comparison site

Publication date: April 19, 2024

Upon the application of Ceneo, the Polish Regional Court in Warsaw banned the Google search engine from favoring its own price comparison website in search results.

The court’s decision applies to the results displayed to users of the Google search engine in Poland. It was issued as security for Ceneo’s claims to refrain from acts of unfair competition before filing a lawsuit against Google.

Ceneo – a comparison website owned by the Allegro Group, the owner of the e-commerce platform – in its application for granting interim security measure (reference number of the case: XXII GWO 24/24) pointed to four types of Google practices that limit their access to the market. The first is favoring one’s own comparison website (Google Shopping) at the expense of competing services (so-called self-preference), done through the way search results are presented. The second – redirecting traffic to Google Shopping at the expense of Ceneo, and the third – hindering access to the Polish comparison website by deleting search results leading to it.


Register of Debtors in Poland – deadlines for data of bankrupts and insolvent entities

Publication date: March 07, 2024

Central Register of Debtors and Insolvencies in Poland – implementation of Regulation 2015/848

The deadline for the implementation of the duty by Poland for the purposes of e-Justice system of the obligations under the Regulation 2015/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on insolvency proceedings was in principle the year 2018. Currently there functions the centralized Register of Debtors, but the register is still not fully functionable. The specific Act of law that implemented the provisions of the Regulation is the Act of December 6, 2018 on the National Register of Debtors (consolidated text: Journal of Laws of 2021, item 1909, as amended).


EU Health Data Space and EU Data Act and Clinical Trials Regulation

Publication date: February 21, 2024

In this presentation prepared for the American Bar Association Joint Committee Meeting of TIPS (Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice) Medicine & Law International Section International Life Sciences and Health, and Intellectual Property Section Law Practice Management we are going to focus on three aspects. First – case study of medical device litigation; secondly – we are going to discuss the legislative landscape of data legislation in European Union and as third part, we are going to discuss the most crucial assumptions implemented by the of Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16th April 2014 on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, with a particular emphasis on the Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS).


Bank account funds. Who is entitled to what after the testator’s death?

Publication date: January 11, 2024

Obtaining information about the account and payment of the contribution in the event of the bank account holder’s death is often a considerable problem for heirs or administrators of the estate. Problems are caused not only by procedural requirements, but often also by banks themselves, which have little to gain from fulfilling their obligations towards authorized persons, but a lot to lose. From the economic point of view – financial resources which – although given to the bank under a repayable title – constitute the basis of its lending activities, from the legal point of view – venturing into the thicket of inheritance regulations and in many cases – the circle of heirs is difficult to determine, and it is easy to stumble, and thus, there are also problems with banking supervision. Therefore, banks are very reluctant to perform their duties, often multiplying problems and procedural requirements. It is therefore worth knowing when the bank should and when it cannot provide information about the account or withdraw funds from it.