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 April 1 – 7, 2011, during which time 65 new class actions were filed in these courts. In past years, class actions involvement employment-related claims often accounted for more than half of the total number of new class actions filed in California state and federal courts each week, but this level has not yet been realized this year. However, the numbers are getting closer. During this reporting period, 32 new labor law class actions filed, representing 49% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other category to break the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws with 9 new filings (14% of the total number of new class actions filed).
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