As a resource for 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 October 3 – 9, 2008, during which time only 27 new class action lawsuits were filed. Class action complaints alleging employment-related claims generally head the list of the new class action filings by a wide margin. This again proved to be true. During the past week, 21 of the new labor law class actions, representing an incredible 78% 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 5 new filings (19%).
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