As a service to class action defense attorneys, we recently began providing unofficial summaries of the categories of new class action lawsuits filed in California. It is our hope that this will permit defense attorneys to anticipate claims against which they may have to defend. This weekly, unofficial summary covers class actions 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. This report covers the time period from September 1 – September 7, 2006. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe.
Approximately 22 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, and employment law cases once again head up the list. Of the weekly filings, more than half involved employment law claims. In all, a dozen of the new class action cases (55%) alleged labor law violations. The only other category of cases to crack the 10% threshold involved unfair business practice/unfair competition (UCL) claims. During the reported time period, five (5) UCL class action lawsuits, accounting for 23% of the new cases, were filed.