As a resource for California attorneys who defend class action lawsuits, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits filed in the state and federal courts located in 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 period from March 20 – 26, 2009, during which time an usually large number of new class actions, 58, were filed. Generally, class action lawsuits alleging employment-related claims top the list by a wide margin; indeed, labor law class actions often account for more than half of the total number of new class actions filed each week. This past week, only 24 of the 58 new class action filings involved labor law claims (representing 41% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week). Only two other categories met the 10% threshold: there were 11 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims (19%), and 7 new class actions alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or related failure to provide access claims.
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