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Labor Law Class Action Cases Regain Top Spot In New Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

In order to assist California class action defense attorneys anticipate the claims against which they may have to defend, 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 timeframe. This report covers the time period from June 15 – June 21, 2007, and during that time 36 new class action lawsuits were filed in these courts. Class actions alleging employment law claims typically lead the list of new filings, and this past week was no exception. In all, sixteen (16) new labor law class action cases were filed in these state and federal courts, representing approximately 44% of the total number of new class actions for the relevant time period. Unfair competition law (UCL) class action cases, which include false advertising cases, dropped from the first-place ranking it had last week to second, with 6 new class action filings (17%). The only other category to meet the 10% threshold involved new securities laws claims, with 4 new cases (11%).