To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of cases 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 October 24 – 30, 2008, during which time 53 new class action lawsuits were filed. Class actions alleging employment-related claims generally top the list of the new class action filings by a wide margin. This past week, 25 of the new class actions alleged labor law claims, representing 47% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other categories that satisfied the 10% threshold involved class action lawsuits alleging unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising claims, with 12 new filings (23%), and class action lawsuits alleging violations of California’s Song-Beverly Act, with 6 new filings (11%).
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