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Labor Law Class Action Lawsuits Begin New Year At Top Spot Among Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

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 December 29, 2010 – January 6, 2011, during which time 43 new class actions were filed in these California state and federal courts. Twenty-one (21) of these new class actions alleged employment-related claims, 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 California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims, with 8 new filings, representing 19% of the total number of new class actions filed.