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Class Actions Alleging Employment-Related Claims Hold Top Spot 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 July 24 – 30, 2009, during which time 47 new class actions were filed. While labor law class actions often top this list by a wide margin, this reporting period saw considerable balance among three separate areas. During this reporting period, only 17 class actions alleging employment-related claims were filed, representing only 36% of the total number of new class actions filed — well below normal, as 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 11 new class actions alleging violations of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (23%), and 10 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims (21%).