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Relative Percentage Of Labor Law Class Actions Filed In California State And Federal Courts Soars

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 July 31 – August 6, 2009, during which time 37 new class actions were filed — a comparatively low number. Class actions alleging employment-related claims generally top this list by a wide margin, but in contrast to the remarkable balance among three separate categories of class actions filed last week, labor law class actions monopolized the new filings during this reporting period. A stunning 28 labor law class actions were filed this past week, representing 76% of the total number of new class actions filed. No other category met the 10% threshold.