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Employment Law Class Action Filings Again Lead Cases Confronted By California Federal And State Defense Attorneys

For the California federal and state defense lawyer, we again provide an unofficial summary of recent class action filings in California, in the hope that it will assist California class action defense attorneys anticipate claims against which they may have to defend. The following is a summary of legal categories for class actions filed in California state and federal courts from June 30 – July 6, 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 32 class action lawsuits were filed in California during that time period, of which 8 involved employment law claims (25%). Class action defense attorneys also will face 6 new antitrust cases (19%), of which 4 are additional “dog pile” lawsuits against British Airways for alleged price fixing, and an additional 4 of the class action filings (13%) alleged unfair business practices.