Thai court rejects class action against sugar giant Mitr Phol

Cambodian villagers accuse Thailand's biggest sugar company of stealing their land, something the company denies.

In a major setback to a group of Cambodian farmers, a Thai court rejected their application on Thursday for their legal case against Thailand’s biggest sugar company to be treated as a class action lawsuit, according to the plaintiff’s lawyer and a land rights organisation.

Though the Cambodian plaintiffs, representing more than 700 families, say they will appeal, the decision means each family would most likely have to bring individual cases against Mitr Phol, making the legal expenses too high for their low incomes. Class action suits are rare in Thailand.

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