In order to assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of cases against which they will have to defend in California state and federal courts, 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 the holiday-shortened week of August 29 – September 4, 2008, during which time only 26 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class action lawsuits generally head the list of new class action filings in California state and federal courts, but last week class actions alleging unfair business practices topped the list. During this reporting period, 16 of the new class action lawsuits (62%) 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 5 new filings (19%).
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