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Public Accommodation/ADA Class Action Lawsuits Surge To Top Of Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

Class action defense attorneys in California will be confronting a new wave of public accommodation/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) cases, supplanting new labor law class actions by a substantial margin. 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, but this past week showed a startling increase in the overall number of class action filings and the number of class actions alleging public accommodation/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims.

This report covers the time period from September 15 – September 21, 2006. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 71 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 42 – almost 60% – involved public accommodation/ADA claims. The second place category consists of 14 new employment law class action filings (20%).