As a resource to 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 15 – 21, 2011, during which time the total number of class actions filed in these courts dropped to more “normal” levels. There were 52 new class actions were filed in these courts during this reporting period, and 27 of them (52% of the total number of new class actions filed) involved employment-related claims. This is the first time this year that labor law class actions have passed the 50% mark — a level it frequently hit in past years. 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 12 new filings (23% of the total number of new class actions filed), and class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws with 7 new filings (13% of the total number of new class actions filed).
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