Class action defense attorneys in California will continue to confront more labor law class action cases than any other category, but public accommodation/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) cases made a strong showing this past week. 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. Employment law cases routinely lead the list and usually do so by a wide margin, but this past week class actions alleging public accommodation/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims ran a close second.
This report covers the time period from November 13 – November 16, 2006. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 44 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 15 (34%) involved employment-related claims. New public accommodation/ADA class action lawsuits came in second with 11 new filings (25%). The third place category consists of 7 new unfair competition claims, which include unfair business practices and false advertising claims (16%).