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Extremely Light Week For California Class Action Lawsuits But Labor Law Class Actions Regain Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits 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 July 10 – 16, 2009, during which time only 27 new class actions were filed. As a general rule, class actions alleging employment-related claims top this list by a wide margin. During this reporting period, only 11 labor law class actions were filed, representing 41% of the total number of new class actions filed. Only one other category met the 10% threshold: there were 7 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, accounting for 26% of the new class actions filed.