California defense attorneys will be confronted once again by a greater number of employment law class action cases than any other category, though public accommodation/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and antitrust class action lawsuits came close to keeping law labor class actions out of the top spot for a second consecutive week. In an effort to assist the class action defense lawyer in anticipating the claims against which she or he 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. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe.
This report covers the time period from February 16 – February 22, 2007. Approximately 49 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period. Employment law class action filings typically lead the list of new weekly lawsuits, often by a wide margin. This past week labor law class action cases regained the top spot with 12 new filings (24%). Public accommodation/ADA claims came in second with 9 new lawsuits (18%), with new antitrust class action lawsuits right behind at 8 new cases (16%). The only other category to break the 10% threshold involved federal securities laws class action claims, with 6 new actions (12%).