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Class Action Filings: California Defense Attorneys Confront More Employment Class Actions

In an effort to assist California class action defense attorneys anticipate claims against which they may have to defend, we provide an unofficial summary of legal categories for class actions filed in California state and federal courts from June 22 – June 29, 2006, 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 boast 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 52 class action lawsuits were filed in California during that time period, of which 16 involved employment law claims (more than 30%). Class action defense attorneys will face 9 “dog pile” lawsuits against British Airways (17%) for alleged price fixing, and an additional 6 of the class action filings (11%) alleged securities violations. Finally, 5 of the class action cases alleged violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), California Civil Code §§ 1750 et seq.