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Employment-Related Class Action Filings Again Above 50%, Holding Top Spot Among 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 July 30 – August 5, 2010, during which time 54 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Labor law class actions generally top the list often accounting for more than half of all new class actions filed in these courts, and this yet again proved to be true. During this reporting period, 31 new labor law class actions were filed (representing 57% of the total number of new class actions filed). The only other category to break the 10% threshold involved California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising with 10 new filings (representing 19% of the total number of new class actions filed).