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Labor Law And Unfair Competition Law (UCL) Class Actions Monopolize Categories Of New Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts During Past Week

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 April 3 – 9, 2009, during which time only 31 new class actions were filed. While class action lawsuits alleging employment-related claims generally top the list by a wide margin, this past week was dominated by class actions alleging labor law violations or violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims. During this reporting period, 16 of the new class actions involved labor law claims (representing 52% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week). And class actions alleging UCL violations made up the only other category that met the 10% threshold, with 11 new class action filings (35%). Thus, almost 90% of the new class action lawsuits filed during the past week involved either labor law claims or UCL claims.