HHTel says: Well in my experience, I've never come across anyone who has lost out in the courts unless by agreement in the arbitration period. Any lawyer worth his salt will tell you that it doesn't matter whether you're white, brown, yellow or sky blue. The law is the same.
I say B.S. Not in Thailand, sorry to say. Our "arbitration period" lasted about twenty seconds in open court, not even in a different room. When I refused the defendant lawyer's offer of "nothing" the arbitration ended. Later we received less than half of the money we had faithfully paid under contract for a piece of land. Guess who got to keep the rest.
This was after a different full hearing before the Board of Consumer Affairs the prior year.....the results of which we were never informed of. Seems the case got lost somewhere in Bangkok. after the defendant admitted openly in the hearing that she had no intention of providing a Chanote, even though she admitted being paid for it.