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New Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Continue To Hold Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

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 the period from December 5 – 11, 2008, during which time only 31 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions generally top the list of the new class action filings by a wide margin, and this again proved true. During this reporting period, 15 new labor law class action lawsuits were filed, representing a relatively low 48% of the total number of new class actions filed during that time period. The only other categories to meet the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, with 5 new filings (16%), and class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws, with 3 new class actions (10%).