Putin signs law on commencement of class action lawsuits
MOSCOW, July 19 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill allowing citizens to lodge class action lawsuits with general jurisdiction courts into law, according to the official website of legal information.
On June 27, the legislative proposal was passed by the State Duma. Russian senators approved it on July 10.
According to Chairman of the State Duma Committee on state building and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, in many countries people may lodge suits for protection of rights and legal interests of a group of people that streamlines and pushes consideration of similar cases.
People in Russia currently may file class action suits only with commercial courts.
The document provides for possible filing such lawsuits with general jurisdiction courts. This legal institution may be used for all types of civil cases excluding cases subject to special proceedings.
The law is to take effect on October 1, 2019.