This update addresses some recent cases and claims involving diamonds and gemstones and highlights issues and lessons learnt from these matters. We hope you will find it of interest.
Rough trade: claim for missing and scratched gemstones
In 2016, P filed proceedings against XYZ seeking compensation of approximately US$430,000 for the non-delivery of and damage to gemstones to be transported by XYZ from P’s premises to and loss of opportunity at the 2016 Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair, arising from the acts and omissions of XYZ.
The writ was filed pursuant to the Consumer Case Procedure Act (“CCA”). Proceedings which are subject to the CCA are more favourable to consumers and reverse the burden of proof. XYZ unsuccessfully applied to have the proceedings removed from the jurisdiction of the CCA. As the proceedings remained subject to the CCA, XYZ had to disprove their claims against it rather than P bearing the burden of proving the claims against XYZ.