On 27 June 2019, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the third reading amendments to the Civil Procedure Code which introduce the concept of class actions before courts of general jurisdiction. These amendments will come into force on 1 October 2019.
The introduction of the concept of class action in civil procedure law is one of several significant recent reforms in Russian procedural legislation. This will allow individuals (with other individuals or with organisations) to collectively protect their rights in court, which has long been happening in western countries.
Under the new procedure, individuals with a similar claim will be able to unite together or with organisations into a group of at least 20, select a representative from the group and file a lawsuit against a respondent.
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