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Employment-Related Class Action Filings Fall Below 50% Of New Class Action Filed In California State And Federal Courts During Past Week But Still Hold Top Spot

As a resource for 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 August 27 – September 2, 2010, during which time 53 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Labor law class actions generally take the top spot as they often account for more than half of all new class actions filed in these courts. But during this past week, only 21 new labor law class actions were filed, representing a comparatively low 40% 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 14 new filings (representing 26% of the total number of new class actions filed), and alleged violations of federal securities laws, with 8 new filings (representing 15% of the total number of new class actions filed).