To aid defense attorneys in anticipating 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 relevant time frame. This report covers the time period from April 8 – 14, 2011, during which time 79 new class actions were filed in these courts. It appears that labor law class actions may not return to the prior “norm” of accounting for more than half of the total number of new class actions filed in California state and federal courts each week. During this reporting period, only 24 new labor law class actions were filed, representing only 30% of the total number of new class actions filed. The only other categories to break the 10% threshold involved class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 21 new filings (27% of the total number of new class actions filed), and class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws with 10 new filings (13% of the total number of new class actions filed).
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