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Labor Law Class Action Filings Fall Below 50% Mark But Employment-Related Lawsuits Hold On To Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

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 December 10 – 16, 2010, during which time 48 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Twenty-three (23) of the new class actions filed involved employment-related claims, representing 48% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category to break the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 10 new filings, representing 21% of the total number of new class actions filed.