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Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Continue To Top List In Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the cases against which they may 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 29 – March 6, 2008, during which time 38 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions generally top this list by a wide margin. During the past week, 16 new class actions were filed alleging employment-related claims (42% of the total number of new class action lawsuits). The only other categories to break the 10% threshold were California unfair competition law (UCL) class action cases,which includes class actions alleging false advertising claims, with eight (8) new filings (21%), and disability rights class action lawsuits, which had five (5) new class action filings (13%).