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Employment Law Class Action Cases Again Lead Weekly Filings Confronting 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 July 7 – July 13, 2006. We include only those categories with 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 24 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 12 (50%) involved employment law claims. During this time period, the only other significant group of class action filings involved various claims of unfair business practices: class action defense attorneys will face 5 new cases involving that area of law, which represents approximately 21% of the class actions filed this past week.