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UCL Class Action Lawsuits Seize Top Spot from Labor Law Class Actions In Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

As a resource to 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 October 31 – November 6, 2008, during which time 39 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions generally top the list of the new class action filings, often by a strikingly wide margin. This past week, however, new class action lawsuits alleging employment-related claims dropped substantially, allowing class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, to seize the top spot. There were a total of 13 new UCL class actions filed during the relevant time period, representing 33% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category that satisfied the 10% threshold involved labor law class actions, with 12 new filings (31%).