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Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Again Hold Top Spot In Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts But Class Actions Alleging Violations Of Federal Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act Come In A Close Second

Defense attorneys in California faced the familiar wave of employment law class action cases last week, but FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act) cases ran a close second. 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 action lawsuits alleging FACTA violations gave labor law class actions a run for their money. This report covers the time period from January 19 – January 25, 2007. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 52 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, 13 of which (25%) involved employment law claims. The area of law with the second most class action filings during that time period involved Fair Credit Reporting Act/Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act cases with 12 new filings (23%). Public accommodation/ADA class action lawsuits came in third with 9 new filings (17%). In a surprisingly balanced week for California class action filings, two other groups of class action claims passed the 10% threshold. Six new price fixing/antitrust class actions were filed (12%), as well as 5 new unfair competition (UCL) class actions (10%).