As is generally the case, class action defense attorneys in California will confront more labor law class action cases than any other category, but the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Reporting Act (FACTA) continue to surge. 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 class action cases routinely lead the list by a wide margin, but recently a wave of class actions alleging violations of FACTA have been filed. This report covers the time period from February 2 – February 8, 2007. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 50 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 18 (36%) involved employment-related claims. New FACTA class action lawsuits came in second with 12 new filings (24%). The third place category consists of 9 new antitrust claims (18%).
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