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 timeframe. This report covers the time period from August 21 – August 27, 2009. During that time period, 50 new class action cases were initiated in these California state and federal courts. Generally, class action cases alleging employment law violations top the list, often by a wide margin. This past week, however, there was a significant increase in the number of class actions alleging violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL). There were 21 new labor law class action lawsuit and 21 new UCL class action lawsuits, representing 42% each of the new class actions filed during the reporting period. No other category cracked the 10% threshold of new class action cases.