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Employment-Related Class Action Lawsuit Filings Drop But Labor Law Class Actions Retain Top Spot Of Weekly Class Action Cases Filed 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 preceding week. This report covers May 23 – 29, 2008, during which time 48 new class action lawsuits were filed. Typically, labor law class action lawsuits top the list of new class action filings by a wide margin. This past week, the number of new employment-related class action lawsuits filed in California dropped, from 30 during the prior reporting period to 23, but this still represented 48% of the total number of new class actions filed this past week…more than enough to retain the top spot. Like last week, the only other class action category to meet the 10% threshold alleged violations of California Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 9 new filings (19%).