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Labor Law Class Action Filings Continue Hold Top Spot 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 June 4 – 10, 2010, during which time 49 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. While labor law class actions generally top the list by a wide margin — often accounting for more than half of the new class action filings in any particular week — this past week only 20 new labor law class actions were filed, representing a relatively low 41% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other categories that managed to break the 10% threshold were class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, and class actions against Toyota arising out of alleged product defects, each with 6 new filings (representing 12% of the total number of new class actions filed).