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New Labor Law Class Action Filings Again Seize Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal

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 24 – 30, 2009, during which time 37 new class actions were filed. Labor law class action lawsuits generally top the list, often by a wide margin. This proved to be true yet again. During this reporting period, 20 of the new class actions involved employment-related claims (representing 54% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week). The only other category to meet the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 7 new class action complaints (19%).