The National Legislative Assembly has passed a bill amending the Civil Procedure Code to allow class action legal proceedings in Thailand. Class action lawsuits were not previously available in Thai proceedings, so this marks a notable development in the country’s court system. The Thai class action legislation contains basic similarities to class actions in jurisdictions such as the United States, albeit with significant differences in both substance and procedure.
The bill has received royal endorsement and will become effective in December 2015 (240 days after publication in the Royal Gazette dated April 8, 2015). The amended provisions provide for the following:
The new class action law attempts to increase judicial efficiency by aggregating a large number of individualized claims into one lawsuit where judgments will be binding on all class members. However, it also opens up opportunities to aggregate small claims that would otherwise not be cost effective to litigate.
Within the next few weeks, Tilleke & Gibbins will organize an information session to provide further insight into the expected impact of this new legislation. If you are located in Thailand, we hope you will be able to join us for this seminar. Additional details will follow at a later time.
If you have any questions about Thailand’s new class action legislation and its impact on your business, please contact us at [email protected]