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Class Action Labor Law/Overtime Claims Regain Top Spot In California Weekly Class Action Filings

To allow the class action defense lawyer to anticipate claims against which she or he may have to defend, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for 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 August 25 – August 31, 2006, and employment law cases regained sole possession of the top spot on the list. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 35 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 16 involved labor law claims (46%). At least ten (10) of the employment law class action filings allege unpaid overtime (63% of the employment law class action filings and 29% overall). The only other group of class action claims that pass the 10% threshold are six (6) cases transferred by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (17%), MDL 06-1791, concerning the warrantless disclosure of customer telecommunications information.