To aid California class action defense attorneys in anticipating claims against which they may have to defend, we provide weekly an unofficial summary of 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 of from January 11 – January 18, 2007. We include only those categories that contain 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 – excluding the four (4) antitrust class action cases involving transferred into California by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). Thirteen (13) of the weekly class action filings (35%) alleged employment law violations. Seven (7) of the new class action cases (19%) alleged unfair business practices or violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL). The only other category of cases to break the 10% threshold consisted of alleged violations of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA); California class action defense attorneys will face 6 new cases involving that area of law, which represents approximately 16% of the class actions filed during this time period.
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