To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of class actions 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 June 20 – 26, 2008, during which time 47 new class action lawsuits were filed. With rare exception, labor law class action lawsuits generally top the list of new class action cases by a wide margin. This past week was no exception, as employment-related class actions lawsuits accounted for fully 28 of the new class actions filed during this reporting period (60% of the total number of new class action lawsuits during the past week). Only one other category met the 10% threshold — class action lawsuits alleging unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising claims, with five (5) new class actions (11%).
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