Defense attorneys in California are facing another wave of public accommodation/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) class action cases, together with a surprising number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Reporting Act (FACTA). The surge in class action cases falling within these two categories this past week coincide with a dramatic drop in employment law class action claims.
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. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Employment law cases routinely lead the list and usually do so by a wide margin, but this past week they fell below the 10% threshold. Instead, class actions alleging public accommodation/ADA claims and FACTA claims easily claimed the top spot.
This report covers the time period from February 9 – February 15, 2007. Approximately 77 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 21 (27%) involved public accommodation/ADA class action lawsuits, and an equal number involved Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act cases. Antitrust class action filings came in a distant third with 9 new cases (12%). The only other category of cases to break the 10% threshold involved securities fraud class actions, with 8 new filings (10%).