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New Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Remain Below 50% But Employment-Related Class Actions Retain Top Spot Among Class Actions 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 September 24 – 30, 2010, during which time 54 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Labor law class actions often account for more than half of all new class actions filed in these courts, but recently this has not proven to be true. For the last reporting period, only 12 new labor law class actions were filed, representing a relatively low 33% of the total number of new class actions filed; during this reporting period, only 22 new labor law class actions were filed, representing only 41% of the total number of new labor law class actions that were filed. And again, 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 6 new filings (representing 11% of the total number of new class actions filed).