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Back To Normal–Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Dominate Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts As UCL Class Actions Drop To Distant Second

As a resource for California class action defense attorneys, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits 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. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the preceding week. This report covers November 14 – 20, 2008, during which time 49 new class action lawsuits were filed. Generally, class actions alleging employment-related claims top the list of the new class action by a wide margin, but new labor law class action filings have been far lighter than usual over the past few weeks. This past week reflected a “return to the norm,” however, as 26 of the new class action lawsuits filed during the past week involved employment-related claims, representing 53% of the total number of new class actions filed during that time period. The only other category to meet the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, with 10 new filings (20%).