As a resource for California defense attorneys so that they may 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 11 – January 17, 2008, during which time 57 new class action lawsuits were filed. While labor law class actions generally top this list by a wide margin, this past week a new category joined the list of top class action lawsuits — federal Trust in Lending Act (TILA) lawsuits. Fourteen (14) employment-related class action lawsuits were filed during the past week, representing only 25% of the total number of new class action filings (compared with almost 60% of the class action filings during the preceding week). TILA class action cases came in second with 12 new filings (21%). Two other categories cracked the 10% threshold: those alleging violations of federal antitrust law violations with 9 new filings (16%), and those alleging violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, with 6 new class action filings (11%).
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