As a resource to class action defense attorneys, 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. In light of the holidays, this report covers the two-week period of December 21, 2007 – January 3, 2008, during which time 57 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class action cases generally top this list, often by a wide margin, but new employment law actions completed dominated the class action filings during this time period. Thirty-three (33) employment-related class action lawsuits were filed during the past two weeks, representing 58% of the total number of new class action filings. The only other category of class actions to crack the 10% threshold alleged violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, with 9 new class action filings (16%).
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