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Employment-Related Class Action Lawsuits Retain Top Spot Among 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 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 March 6 – 12, 2009, during which time 39 class actions were filed. Labor law class actions generally top the list by a wide margin, and in this reporting period 18 of the new class actions asserted employment-related claims, representing 46% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week. Only one other category met the 10% threshold. There were 4 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims (10%).