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Pendulum Swings As Labor Law Class Action Filings Again Drop Significantly But Still Top List Of New 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 March 26 – April 1, 2010, during which time 45 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Class actions involving employment-related claims generally account for more than half of the new class action filings in any particular week, but during this reporting period only 17 new labor law class actions were filed, representing a remarkably low 38% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category to break the 10% threshold involved the bandwagon class actions against Toyota premised on product defect claims with 8 new class action lawsuits (18% of the new class actions filed during the reporting period).