Defense attorneys in California will face a new wave of public accommodation/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) class action cases, as employment law class actions – the usual frontrunner in weekly filings – fall to a distant third. In an effort to assist class action defense attorneys in anticipating the claims against which they may have to defend, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new 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. Employment law cases routinely lead the list and usually do so by a wide margin, but this past week class actions alleging public accommodation/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims easily claimed the top spot. This report covers the time period from December 21 – December 27, 2006. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 69 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 25 (36%) involved public accommodation/ADA class action lawsuits. The area of law with the second most class action filings during that time period involved Fair Credit Reporting Act/Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act cases with nine (9) new filings (13%). Employment-related class action claims fell to a distant third, with only eight (8) new lawsuits during that time period (12%).
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