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Employment Class Action Filings Again Top List But Surge In Federal Fair And Accurate Credit Reporting Act (FACTA) Class Action Cases Run A Close Second In Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

Class action defense attorneys in California will again confront more labor law class action cases than any other category, but the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Reporting Act (FACTA) have surged. In an effort to assist class action defense attorneys in anticipating 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. Employment law class action cases routinely lead the list and usually do so by a wide margin, but this past week class actions alleging violations of FACTA ran a close second. This report covers the time period from January 4 – January 11, 2007. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 59 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 19 (32%) involved employment-related claims. New FACTA class action lawsuits came in second with 18 new filings (31%). The third place category consists of 9 new unfair competition claims (15%), most of which involved alleged price fixing/antitrust violations.