As a resource to California class action defense attorneys, 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 August 15 – 21, 2008, during which time 36 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class action lawsuits generally top the list of new class action filings in California state and federal courts. During this reporting period, 18 of the new class action lawsuits (50%) asserted employment-related claims. The only other categories that satisfied the 10% threshold involved class action lawsuits alleging unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising claims, with 8 new filings (22%), and class action lawsuits alleging securities-related claims, with 4 new filings (11%).
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