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 May 16 – 22, 2008, during which time 47 new class action lawsuits were filed. Once again class actions asserting employment-related claims topped the list of new class action filings by a wide margin. During the time period covered by this post, 30 new class actions were filed alleging employment-related claims (64% of the total number of new class action lawsuits). The only other category of class action lawsuits to break the 10% threshold alleged violations of California Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 5 new filings (11%).
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