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Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Continue To Dominate New Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

In order to assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of class action lawsuits against which they will have to defend in California state and federal courts, 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 preceding week. This report covers July 18 – 24, 2008, during which time 46 new class action lawsuits were filed. Labor law class action lawsuits generally top the list of new class action filings in California state and federal courts, and this past week was not an exception. Twenty (20) new class actions asserting employment-related claims were filed during the past week, representing 43% of the total number of new class action lawsuits filed during this reporting period. (We note that while this figure far outnumbers the nearest category, it is well below the level that labor law class actions often hit.) The only other category that satisfied the 10% threshold involved class action lawsuits alleging unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising claims, with 6 new filings (13%).