To allow class action defense lawyers anticipate claims against which they may have to defend, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the 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 from February 23 – February 28, 2007, and employment law class action cases held their familiar grip on the top spot in weekly class action filings.
As in the past, we include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 39 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 12 (31%) involved employment-related claims. New antitrust class action cases came in second with 9 new filings (23%). The only other categories to break the 10% threshold consisted of 5 new unfair competition claims (13%), and 4 new securities laws class action cases (10%)