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2008 Class Action Lawsuits End Year With Substantial Increase In Labor Law Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

As a resource to California class action defense attorneys, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits filed in the California state and federal courts located in 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 19 – 31, 2008, during which time only 38 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions often top the list of the new class action filings by a wide margin, but the number of new employment-related class actions, as a percentage of the total number of new class action lawsuits filed, had dropped off somewhat in late November and early December. This report, however, covers more than a week because of the holidays, and labor law class action lawsuit filings surged to familiar territory. During this report period, 22 new labor law class action lawsuits were filed, representing 58% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category to meet the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) with 4 new filings (11%).