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Heavy Week For California Class Action Lawsuits But Labor Law Class Actions Maintain Dominance Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of cases against which they will have to defend in California, 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 June 19 – 25, 2009, during which time an unusually high number of new class actions — 62 — were filed. As a general rule, class actions alleging employment-related claims top this list by a wide margin. During this reporting period, 29 of the new class actions involved labor law claims, representing only 47% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week. Despite the high number of class actions filed, only two other categories met the 10% threshold: there were 15 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, accounting for 24% of the new class actions filed, and 7 new class actions alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), representing 11% each.