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Labor Law Class Actions Continue To Lead List Of New Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

As a resource to California class action defense attorneys, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits 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 August 31 – September 6, 2007, during which time 44 new class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts. Employment law class action cases generally lead the list by a substantial margin, and this proved true once again. New labor class action cases led the list with 19 new lawsuits (6 of which involved claims under the Hotel Service Charge Reform Ordinance, representing 43% of the total number of new class actions filed. While there was a three-way tie for second place, no other category of class action filings came close. Six (6) new class action lawsuits, representing 14% of the new class action cases, were filed alleging violations of (a) California’s unfair competition laws, which include false advertising claims, (b) federal securities laws, and (c) federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA).