To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the cases against which they may have to defend in California, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits 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. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the preceding week. This report covers the time period of November 2 – November 8, 2007, during which time 42 new class action lawsuits were filed. Consistent with the general pattern, more employment law class action lawsuits were filed than any other category. Specifically, 19 new labor law class actions were filed during the past week, representing 45% of the total number of new class action filings. The only other category that satisfied the 10% threshold consisted of unfair competition law (UCL) claims, which include false advertising claims. Seven (7) new UCL class actions were filed, representing 17% of the new filings.
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