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Surge in Unfair Competition Law Class Action Cases Drop Labor Law Cases To Second Spot Among New Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

To assist defense attorneys who defend class actions 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 timeframe. This report covers the time period from June 8 – June 14, 2007, during which time 39 new class action cases were filed in these courts. Unfair competition law (UCL) class action cases, which include false advertising cases, seized the top spot of new weekly class action filings with 14 new cases, representing 36% of the class action cases filed during the week. Employment law claims ran a close second with 13 new class action filings (33%). No other category cracked the 10% threshold.