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Labor Law And UCL Class Action Lawsuits Swap Spots In Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts As Employment-Related Class Actions Regain Top Spot

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of class action lawsuits 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 November 7 – 13, 2008, during which time 41 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions generally top the list of the new class action filings by a wide margin. Last week was an exception, however, as class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, seized the top spot. But this week, new class action lawsuits alleging employment-related claims regained the top spot. There were a total of 18 new labor law class actions filed during the relevant time period, representing 44% of the total number of new class actions filed. Not surprisingly, the only other category that satisfied the 10% threshold involved UCLclass actions, with 15 new filings (37%).