Heavy Week For New Class Action Filings And Labor Law Class Actions Maintain Top Spot Among New Filings In California State And Federal Courts

Aug 15, 2009 | By: Michael J. Hassen

In order to assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of claims 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 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 August 7 – 13, 2009, during which time a relatively large number of new class actions — 56 — were filed. Labor law class actions generally top this list by a wide margin, and this yet again proved to be true. During this reporting period, 33 class actions were filed alleging employment-related claims, representing 59% of the total number of new class actions filed. Only one other category met the 10% threshold: there were 11 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims (20%).

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