Ford Thailand faces B24m class action suit
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In this March 14, 2017 file photo, Attapol Piawacha, one of Ford's unhappy customers from Chiang Mai, joins a protest against the company at Ford Sales and Services Co Ltd in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post file photo)- +
The Civil Court has accepted a class action case against a subsidiary of Ford Thailand filed by 308 car owners for 24 million baht in damages.
The problem involves the PowerShift transmission, Fordâs six-speed dual clutch semi-automatic gearbox (DPS6), which some users alleged they had trouble with.
The users of Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Ford EcoSport filed the charges in April last year against four of Fordâs subsidiari es -- Ford Motor Company (Thailand) Co Ltd, Ford Sales and Services (Thailand) Co Ltd, Ford Operations (Thailand) Co Ltd and Ford Services (Thailand) Co Ltd. They accused the companies of selling unsafe products due to substandard production and distribution and of false advertising.
At the time, 10 owners, representing 421 others, filed the case, seeking damages totalling 24.7 million baht. After a settlement, 113 withdrew, leaving 308 as plaintiffs in the case.
The court scheduled to decide whether to accept the case on Monday.
During the session, the plaintiffs decided to pursue the case only against Ford Sales and Services (Thailand) and dropped the charges against the other three companies.
The court decided to allow a class action trial for convenience, speed and efficiency with no effect on persons or groups outside the case.
The plaintiffâs witnesses will be heard on Aug 1 and those of the defendants will be heard on Aug 30-31.
The court scheduled a ruling on Sept 28.
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Thai police block pro-democracy march on coup anniversary
Thai anti-government protesters demanding general elections by November were blocked by police on the fourth anniversary of the military coup in the country.
Some 3,000 police officers were deployed to prevent some 200 protesters, camping at Thammasat University in the capital, Bangkok, from marching to the Government House. The Government House and surrounding streets were declared a no-go zone.
On May 22, 2014, a bloodless military coup toppled Thailand's elected government.
T he military government vowed reform and reconciliation for a politically divided Thailand but its rule has been tarnished by corruption scandals and repeated postponement of promised elections.
Ban on political activities
Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Bangkok, said the police warned the protesters that they can be arrested and convicted of violating the military government's ban on political activities, which says crowd of five people or more are outlawed.
"Initially the protesters camped out overnight in Thammasat University and they had the permission to do that, but on Tuesday morning their permission was revoked," he said.
"It's a small protest at the moment, but it has probably been the most significant sign of resistance of protest movement against the military."
A handful of protesters pushed up against police for several minutes to try to achieve their objective to march to the Government H ouse before they were pushed back by the police forces.
One of the protest organisers, Sirawith Seritiwat, also known as Ja New, said protesters planned to march peacefully.
"I hope they will let us walk out. We have no intention to prolong today's activities. I think they will try to stop us ... we will not use violence," Sirawith told Reuters news agency.
The government has delayed the general election repeatedly, which was first set for 2015, with the latest date now February 2019.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reiterated on Tuesday that a general election will take place in "early 2019 and no sooner".
Thailand has been rocked by pro- and anti-government street protests for more than a decade, some of them deadly.
The military says it carried out the 2014 coup to end the cycle of violence.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agenciesSource: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand
When will democracy be restored in Thailand?
It has been four years since the ruling Pheu Thai party was removed from power in Thailand in a military coup. But the crackdown on its members continues, with a number of them now charged for breaking a ban on political activity.
They streamed a news conference live on Facebook, criticising the country's rulers, and campaigned for the military government to hold a general election.
The government now says the country will go to the polls in February. But what hope is there for democracy in Thailand?
Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam
Sean Boonpracong - former national security adviser to deposed PM Yingluck Shinawatra
Michael Montesano - coordinator of Thailand Studies Programme at Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore
David Streckfuss - historian and author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Le se-Majeste
Source: Al Jazeera NewsSource: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand