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Employment Law Class Action Cases Again Lead Weekly California Filings Facing 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 from October 20 – October 26, 2006. We include only those categories that boast 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 33 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 16 involved employment law claims (almost 50%). The category with the second highest number of class action filings involved California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) – which includes unfair business practices and false advertising claims – with 9 new filings (27%). The third category of class action cases with more than 10% of the new weekly filings concerned alleged violations of California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA): class action defense attorneys will face 5 new cases involving that area of law, which represents approximately 15% of the class actions filed this time period.