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Kubas Kos Gałkowski was materially involved in the process of implementing the possibility of pursuing claims in group proceedings into the Polish legal system, modelled after the American class action since the very beginning of the legislative process of the Act of 17 December 2009 on Pursuing Claims in Group Proceedings. Professor Andrzej Kubas and Rafał Kos, attorney-at-law, prepared a legal opinion on the drafted bill at the commission of the Bureau of Research Chancellery of the Sejm. Furthermore, Rafał Kos, attorney-at-law, participated in the sessions of the Sejm Justice and Human Rights Committee in the capacity of an expert. Moreover, Kubas Kos Gałkowski is also present in all major domestic initiatives aimed at class action assessment.
In 2012, Professor Andrzej Kubas was awarded the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily “Golden Paragraph” for his trailblazing activities in the area of class actions. The “Golden Paragraph” and “Bona Lex” are awards with twelve years of tradition granted by the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily and the Chapter composed of, among others, the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland as the Chairman, the First President of the Supreme Court, and the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Poland. Our Firm’s experience in the area of class actions with the value of subject of the litigation amounting to millions of PLN was also appreciated in the international Legal 500 ranking, which thus recommends Kubas Kos Gałkowski’s services in the area of class action: Andrzej Kubas’ team (…) acts in litigation and arbitration, and is particularly known for its work in class actions.
Sandomierz group proceedings
The action is connected to public authorities’ negligence and omissions in the area of carrying out the duties in the scope of flood protection which in May 2010 resulted in the breaking of the right bank levee on the Vistula River in the Koćmierzów district of the city of Sandomierz and, subsequently, in the flooding of the right bank area of Sandomierz and the adjacent area.
Płock group proceedings
The action is connected to the public authority’s omissions in the scope of flood protection which resulted in the breaking of a levee in the village of Świniary in the commune of Słubice in May 2010 and, consequently, two waves of flooding of the adjacent area of Dolina Iłowsko-Dobrzykowska.
ZUS group proceedings
The proceedings were connected with the issue of submitting notifications on breaks in the conducting of business activity to the Social Insurance Institution [ZUS] by entrepreneurs – natural persons before the introduction of the possibility of the formal suspension of business activity, meaning before the date of 20 September 2008.