Class action lawsuits are coming into the fore in Thailand as more groups of plaintiffs take advantage of the amended Civil Procedure Code.
Although many people may see class action lawsuits as nuisances or money grabs, especially in the litigious United States, there are legitimate benefits to allowing people who suffered similar damages to group together to sue for relief from the courts.
Starting 1 May 2018, landlords in Thailand with five or more residences to lease must comply with new lease regulations (link in Thai) announced on 18 February 2018 under the newly amended Consumer Protection Act. While these new lease regulations do not apply to dormitories and hotels, they do cover residential leases, such as for condominiums, apartments, and houses.
Although most people want to keep a romantic aura around marriage, a pre-nuptial agreement may be the stabilizing factor needed to ensure a strong relationship. Pre-nuptial agreements in Thailand are much like those in other countries, but with a few differences.
Thailand is and continues to be a favored destination for foreign investment. However, many foreigners find the requirements for work permits under Thai law to be a major obstacle when it comes to establishing themselves in Thailand.
Thailand’s amended Computer Crimes Act (CCA) came into force in May 2017. While the new law addresses some of the intricacies regarding the interaction between parties that create and disseminate information and those who provide the services to facilitate them, there are those who feel the amended CCA is still somewhat broad.
On 7 August 2017, Thailand officially joined the Madrid Protocol which will come into force 90 days later on 7 November 2017. The Madrid Protocol is an international trademarks protection system covering 98 countries comprising 114 legal jurisdictions.
In the June/July issue of Wanderlust, a travel and lifestyle magazine published in Thailand, GPS Legal & Consulting collaborated with the writing team on the “An Expat’s Guide to Starting a Business in Thailand”.