As a resource for California class action defense attorneys, so that they may anticipate the types of class actions 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 April 25 – May 1, 2008, during which time 46 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions generally top the list of new class action cases by a wide margin, and it has been some time since any other category has threatened to surpass employment-related class action claims. During the time period covered by this post, 29 new class actions were filed alleging various labor law violations (63% of the total number of new class action lawsuits during the past week). The only other category of class action lawsuits that even managed to break the 10% threshold involved California unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising allegations, with seven (7) new class actions (15%).
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