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 from October 13 – October 19, 2006. We include only those categories that boast 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 46 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 18 involved employment law claims (almost 40%). Surprisingly, however, class action filings involving California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) – which includes unfair business practices and false advertising claims – came in a strong second, with 16 new filings (35%). Half of these UCL claims (8) involved the alleged SRAM price-fixing conspiracy against numerous defendants, including Samsung, Hynix, Micron Technology, IBM, Epson, Hitachi, Sharp, Sony, Fujitsu, Alliance Semiconductor, NEC, and many others.
During this time period, the only other significant group of class action filings involved various securities claims: class action defense attorneys will face 5 new cases involving that area of law, which represents approximately 11% of the class actions filed this time period.