The evidence suggests that the recent wave of public accommodation/ADA class action lawsuits will continue for the foreseeable future. In order to assist class action defense attorneys in California to anticipate the claims against which they may have to defend, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new 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. At one time, employment law cases routinely headed the list, but an increasing number of class actions alleging public accommodation/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims have been filed.
This report covers the time period from October 2 – October 5, 2006. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 55 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 29 – almost 53% – involved public accommodation/ADA claims. Coming in at a distant second place, 8 new employment law class actions (15%) were filed during this time period.