To assist California 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. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Generally, more employment law class action cases are filed than any other category of cases, often leading other class action filings by a wide margin. This week, however, antitrust class action cases seized the top spot, while new labor law class actions fell to second.
This report covers the time period from March 1 – March 8, 2007. Approximately 58 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 17 (29%) involved federal antitrust claims. There were 14 new employment law class action filings (24%). Claims under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) came in third with 9 new filings (16%), almost all of which involved claims under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). The only other category of cases to break the 10% threshold involved unfair competition claims, which include claims for false advertising, with 8 new filings (14%).