As a resource for 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 relevant time frame. This report covers the time period from January 14 – 20, 2011, during which time 44 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. While labor law class actions have often accounted for more than half of the new class actions filed during any particular week, recently that has not been true. In fact, during the last reporting period only 38% of the new class actions filed involved employment-related claims. This reporting period, only 17 new labor law class actions were filed, representing only 39% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other categories to break the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws with 12 new filings, representing 27% of the total number of new class actions filed, and class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 6 new filings, representing 14% of the total number of new class actions filed.
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