To allow class action defense lawyers anticipate claims against which they may have to defend, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for class actions filed in California state and federal courts in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, Oakland/Alameda and Orange County areas. This report covers the time period from October 27 – November 2, 2006, and employment law cases yet again hold a firm grip on the top spot on the list. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 37 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 17 involved labor law claims (46%). Class action lawsuits alleging unfair competition, including unfair business practices and false advertising claims, came in a distant second with 9 new class action filings (24%). The only other group of class action claims that pass the 10% threshold are four (4) cases alleging fraud (11%).
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