In order to assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of cases against which they will 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 March 14 – 20, 2008, during which time 58 new class action lawsuits were filed. Class action lawsuits alleging employment-related claims generally top this list, often by a wide margin, and this again proved to be true. During the past week, 28 new class actions were filed alleging employment-related claims (48% of the total number of new class action lawsuits). Only two other categories managed to break the 10% threshold for this class action report: California unfair competition law (UCL) class action cases,which includes class actions alleging false advertising claims, with 14 new filings (24%), and federal antitrust class actions, with 7 new filings (12%).
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