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Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Employment-Related Claims Retain Hold On Top Spot Of Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of class actions 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 preceding week. This report covers February 1 – 7, 2008, during which time 35 new class action lawsuits were filed. New class action cases alleging various labor law claims generally top this list, often by a wide margin, and this proved especially true this past week 23 new labor law class actions were filed (66% of the total number of new class action lawsuits). New class action complaints alleging violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, and shareholder derivative suit class actions were the only other categories to meet the 10% threshold, with four (4) new class action filings each (11%).