To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the kinds 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 September 26 – October 2, 2008, during which time 34 new class action lawsuits were filed. It is rare that labor law class action complaints do not top the list of the new class action filings, and this past week was no exception. During the past week, 21 of the new labor law class actions, representing 62% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category that satisfied the 10% threshold involved class action lawsuits alleging unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising claims, with 8 new filings (24%).
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