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Relatively Low Number Of New Employment-Related Class Action Lawsuits Filed But Labor Law Class Actions Maintain Hold On Top Spot Among Weekly Class Actions Filed In California State And Federal Courts

In order to assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of class actions 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 12 – 18, 2009, during which time 53 new class actions were filed. Labor law class actions usually top this list by a wide margin, generally accounting for more than half of the new class actions filed in any given week. During this reporting period, 25 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. Only one other category met the 10% threshold: there were 13 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, accounting for 25% of the new class actions filed.