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 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 January 2 – 8, 2009, during which time only 27 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class actions often top the list of the new class action filings and this again proved true. During this report period, 12 new labor law class action lawsuits were filed, representing a relatively low 44% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category to meet the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 5 new filings (19%).
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