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New Labor Law Class Action Complaints Again Top 50% Level Among Categories Of 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 July 2 – 8, 2010, during which time 46 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts, despite the fact courts were closed for the July 4th holiday. While labor law class actions fell below the 50% threshold of new class action filings last week, during this reporting period employment-related claims rose. This past week, new labor law class actions accounted for 24 of the new complaints filed (52% of the total number of new class actions filed), once again topping the list. 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 with 11 new filings (representing 24% of the total number of new class actions filed), and class actions involving the Apple iPhone, with 5 new class action filings (11%).