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Labor Law Class Actions Retain Grip On Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts

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 July 17 – 23, 2009, during which time 35 new class actions were filed. Labor law class actions generally top this list by a wide margin. During this reporting period, only 12 class actions alleging employment-related claims were filed, representing only 34% of the total number of new class actions filed. For reference, labor law class actions often account for more than half of all of the new class actions filed in California state and federal courts during any particular week. Only two other categories met the 10% threshold: there were 8 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, accounting for 23% of the new class actions filed, and there were 5 new class actions alleging violations of securities laws, accounting for 14% of the new class actions filed.