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Employment-Related Class Action Filings Inch Closer To 50% Mark And Retain Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of cases against which they will have to defend in California, 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 time frame. This report covers the time period from January 21 – 27, 2011, during which time a relatively high number of new class actions were filed — 64. Over the past few years, labor law class actions have often accounted for more than half of the new class actions filed during any particular week. But in 2011, this has not yet proved to be true. In fact, during the two reporting periods this year, only 38% and 39%, respectively of the new class actions filed involved employment-related claims. This reporting period, only 26 new labor law class actions were filed, representing only 41% 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 20 new filings, representing 31% of the total number of new class actions filed.