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New Employment-Related Class Action Lawsuits Retain Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts

As a resource for California class defense attorneys, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits filed in the California state and federal courts located in 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 the period from February 20 – 26, 2009, during which time 41 class actions were filed. Labor law class actions generally top the list, and this reporting period was no exception. In this reporting period, 19 new labor law class action lawsuits were filed, representing a relatively low 46% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week. Only two other categories satisfied the 10% threshold: there were 9 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims (22%), and there were 4 new class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws (10%).