In order to assist California defense attorneys anticipate the types of class action lawsuits against which they will have to defend, 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 two-week period of January 4 – January 10, 2008, during which time only 32 new class action lawsuits were filed. While employment law class actions generally top this list by a wide margin, this was particularly true this past week as more than six (6) times as many labor law class action cases were filed as any other category of cases. Nineteen (19) employment-related class action lawsuits were filed during the past week, representing 59% of the total number of new class action filings. No other category of class actions cracked the 10% threshold. The nearest groups were new class actions alleging violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, and alleging violations of federal antitrust laws, each with 3 new class action filings (9%).
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