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Labor Law Class Action Filings Retain Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts Despite Remaining Below 50% Of Total Number Of New Class Actions Filed

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. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this report covers the time period from November 19 – December 2, 2010, during which time 77 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Labor law class actions generally account for more than half of all new class actions filed in these California courts, but for a second straight week this proved not to be true. There were only 32 new class actions alleging employment-related claims, representing a relatively low 42% of the total number of new class actions filed. 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 claims, with 16 new filings, representing 21% of the total number of new class actions filed, and class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws with 11 new filings, representing 14% of the total number of new class actions filed.