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Labor Law Class Actions Retain Top Spot Among New Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of claims against which they will have to defend in California, 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 August 20 – 26, 2010, during which time 56 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. While labor law class actions often account for more than half of all new class actions filed in these courts, this past week only 26 new labor law class actions were filed, representing 46% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other categories to break the 10% threshold involved claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 13 new filings (representing 23% of the total number of new class actions filed), and alleged violations of federal securities laws, with 8 new filings (representing 14% of the total number of new class actions filed).