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UCL and Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Share Top Spot Of Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed 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 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 January 9 – 15, 2009, during which time 45 new class action lawsuits were filed. While class actions alleging employment-related claims generally top the list of the class action filings, this past week showed remarkable balance among the top three categories of new class action complaints. During this report period, class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, equaled those class action alleging violations of state and/or federal labor laws — 14 new class action lawsuits were filed as to each of these categories, representing 31% each of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category to meet the 10% threshold involved antitrust claims, with 8 new class action filings (18%).