As has been a pattern, class action defense attorneys in California will continue to confront more labor law class action cases than any other category. However, the class action filings have seen another spike in public accommodation/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) cases these past two weeks. 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 by a wide margin, but class action cases alleging public accommodation/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims have, with increased frequency, come in at a close second and even occasionally in first.
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday and court holidays, this report covers the time period from November 17 – November 30, 2006. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the relevant timeframe. Approximately 91 class action lawsuits were filed in these California state and federal courts during that time period, of which 36 (40%) involved employment-related claims. New public accommodation/ADA class action lawsuits came in second with 31 new filings (34%). The third place category consists of 12 new unfair competition claims, which include unfair business practices and false advertising claims (13%).