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Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Surge 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 California state and federal courts in the 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 relevant timeframe. This report covers the time period from January 8 – 14, 2010, during which time 42 new class action cases were filed in these California state and federal courts. Generally, labor law class actions top this list by a wide margin as they frequently account for more than half of the total number of new class action lawsuits filed. During this reporting period, there were only 25 new class actions alleging employment-related claims, representing 60% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other categories to break the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 4 new class action lawsuits (10% of the new class actions filed during the reporting period), and class actions alleging violations of the federal antitrust laws, with 4 new class actions (10% of the new class actions filed).