To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of class actions 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. In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, this report covers the extended period from November 21 – December 4, 2008, during which time 65 new class action lawsuits were filed. Class actions alleging employment-related claims generally top the list of the new class action filings by a wide margin, and this again proved true. During this reporting period, 38 new labor law class action lawsuits were filed, representing 58% of the total number of new class actions filed during that time period. The only other categories to meet the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws, with 10 new class actions (15%), and class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which include false advertising claims, with 8 new filings (12%).
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