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Labor Law Class Action Filings Continue To Dominate New Class Action Cases Facing California Defense Attorneys

To aid California class action defense attorneys in anticipating claims against which they may have to defend, we provide weekly an unofficial summary of 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 of April 20 – April 26, 2007. We include only those categories that contain 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 51 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 21 involved employment law class action claims, which represents approximately 41% of the class actions filed during this time period. The only other categories to break the 10% threshold consisted of alleged unfair business practice class actions, which include false advertising claims, with 10 new class action filings (20%), and class actions alleging violations of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with 8 new filings (16%).