9. Legal Risks
As a global enterprise, the Covestro Group is exposed to numerous legal risks, particularly in the areas of product liability, competition and antitrust law, patent disputes, tax law, environmental law, and compliance issues such as corruption and export control. The outcome of any current or future proceedings cannot be predicted. It is therefore possible that legal judgments or regulatory decisions or future settlements could give rise to expenses that are not covered, or not fully covered, by insurers’ compensation payments and could significantly affect the earnings of the Covestro Group.
The legal risks that are material to the Covestro Group were described in Note 26 “Legal Risks” to the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2018. In the current fiscal year, there have been no new significant developments regarding the legal proceedings described there, and no new material legal proceedings are pending.