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Very Heavy Two-Week Period For California Class Action Lawsuits And Labor Law Class Actions Drop To Second Place Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts

As a resource to 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 June 26 – July 9, 2009, during which time a remarkable high number of new class actions — 108 — were filed. As a general rule, class actions alleging employment-related claims top this list by a wide margin. During this reporting period, however, a surprisingly large number of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) class action lawsuits were filed; 40 new class actions, representing 37% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past two weeks. Class actions alleging employment-related claims came in a strong second, with 35 new class actions (32% of the total number of new class actions filed). Despite the high number of class actions filed, only one other category met the 10% threshold: there were 14 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, accounting for 13% of the new class actions filed.