Areas of Practice
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1992, Member of University of San Diego Law Review
  • Pomona College, B.A., Economics, 1989
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
  • Washington
633 West Fifth Street
Suite 700
Los Angeles CA 90071
TEL: +1 213 439 9455
FAX: +1 213 439 9599

Jason Levin, managing partner for Steptoe's Los Angeles office, is a litigator with significant jury and bench trial experience in complex litigation.  He defends companies in unfair competition and class action, and mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental injury cases across the country.  

Unfair Competition and Class Action

Mr. Levin defends businesses in consumer class actions and competitor lawsuits brought under the California’s Unfair Competition Law (aka “Section 17200”), False Advertising Law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and the Lanham Act.  His clients include the manufacturers and retailers of consumer products accused of illegal, deceptive, or unfair advertising, product labeling, and marketing practices.  Mr. Levin has found that making prompt challenges to the merits of these claims, and raising defenses of jurisdiction, FDA preemption, and choice-of-law, can lead to early and cost-effective case resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained pre-discovery dismissals of class actions alleging unfair medical care reimbursements and deceptive advertising of skin care products
  • Defeated motions for class certification in multi-district litigation concerning the sale of allegedly toxic plastic drinking bottles made from BPA
  • Obtained a dismissal for a petroleum industry client charged with distributing misbranded fuel
  • Defended pharmacy benefit companies in several class actions alleging illegal and unfair business conduct

Mass Tort, Toxic Tort, and Environmental Injuries

In mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental cases, Mr. Levin defends against personal injury, property damage, medical monitoring, cost recovery, and injunctive relief claims under various state and federal laws, including California Proposition 65, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and the Clean Air Act.  These claims involve a variety of chemicals and metals (including benzene, gasoline, DBCP, diacetyl, bisphenol-A, arsenic, lead, and silica), that are found in consumer products or have entered the environment from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs), landfills, Superfund sites, workplace operations, and petroleum refining, transportation, and storage facilities.  

Representative Matters

  • Defended petroleum company at jury trial of Clean Water Act and RCRA citizen suit alleging hazardous waste violations associated with UST leaks
  • Represented pesticide manufacturer in mass tort action brought by thousands of foreign banana workers alleging reproductive injuries
  • Obtained summary judgment and Rule 11 sanctions for a petroleum company facing 100+ medical monitoring claims from community impacted by air and groundwater contamination from former refinery
  • Defended real estate seller at trial in action alleging breach of environmental disclosure

Significant Appellate Decisions

  • Orthopedic Specialists of Southern California v. California Public Employees' Retirement System, 228 Cal.App.4th 644 (2014)
  • Beeman v. Anthem Prescription Management, LLC, 58 Cal.4th 329 (2013)
  • Molina v. Board of Admin. of California Public Employees' Retirement System, 200 Cal.App.4th 53 (2011)
  • Baker v. Chevron USA, Inc., 680 F.Supp.2d 865 (S.D. Ohio 2010)
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009 WL 3762965 (W.D. Mo., November 09, 2009)
  • Esso Standard Oil Co. v. Lopez-Freytes, 522 F.3d 136 (1st Cir. 2008)
  • Metropolitan Water Dist. of Southern California v. Superior Court, 32 Cal.4th 491 (2004)

Noteworthy

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2013-2016
  • Legal 500 US, 2016

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