Labor Code Class Actions Consistently Outnumber All Other Categories Combined

The Class Action Defense Blog published by Michael J. Hassen has made a regular weekly feature of tracking the new filings of class actions in state and federal courts in California.  The weekly results confirm what most  class action practioners have long-recognized -- the deluge of labor law class actions far outnumbers any other category.  In fact, employment law class actions (the vast majority of which are based on wage and hour violations), consistently outnumber all other categories of class action lawsuits combined.  

For example, over the past week labor law class actions represented nearly two thirds of the total class actions filed.  As Mr. Hassen summarizes: 

This report covers August 8 - 14, 2008, during which time 37 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, often by a wide margin, and this again proved to be the case. Twenty-four (24) new labor law class action lawsuits were filed during the past week, representing 65% of the total number of new class action lawsuits filed during the time period. The only other category that satisfied the 10% threshold involved class action lawsuits alleging unfair business practice claims, which include false advertising claims, with 5 new filings (14%). 

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