Jason S. Hartley

San Diego - Partner | 619-400-5825 (Direct) | hartley@stuevesiegel.com

Jason's practice includes class action litigation, antitrust and unfair competition, and music law. He is involved in all aspects of civil litigation and has handled cases in both federal and state courts, in litigation and at trial. For the past several years, his practice has involved primarily antitrust and consumer class actions, often representing the largest plaintiff class members in nationwide antitrust actions.

Jason has successfully represented plaintiffs in federal Section 1 (conspiracy) and Section 2 (monopoly) Sherman Act cases and in state law actions alleging unfair business practices, false advertising, warranty and Proposition 65 violations, among other claims. He has served as lead counsel and in senior litigation roles in numerous class actions, which have collectively recovered billions of dollars for plaintiffs.

Jason speaks regularly at CLE seminars on class action and antitrust issues and has published a number of articles on those issues.


Recent Results

Fond du Lac Bumper Exchange, et al. v. Jui Li Enterprise Co. Ltd., et al - Jason developed this proprietary case for many months before filing a class action case against several Taiwanese manufacturers of sheet metal automotive parts used in the collision replacement and repair market such as fenders, hoods and floor panels. The complaint alleged a long-standing price-fixing conspiracy that targeted buyers in the United States. In March 2015, Jason together with co-lead counsel reached a settlement agreement of $16 million, before deduction of Taiwan taxes.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, et al. - Jason represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., Four B Corporation (d/b/a Balls Food Stores), Cosentino Enterprises, Inc., Mid Am Food Enterprises, Inc., and CNW Foods, Inc. in an individual antitrust case against egg producers and egg industry trade groups. The defendants conspired to reduce the supply of shell eggs and egg products for the explicit purpose of artificially raising their prices. The lawsuit alleges that this conspiracy violated the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act. After nearly four years of litigation, Stueve Siegel Hanson successfully resolved this litigation in 2014.

In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation - Jason is a member of the class plaintiffs' attorneys' executive committee in this ground-breaking antitrust case, one of the largest in U.S. history. In December 2013, the Court approved a class-wide settlement that provides for more than $5 billion in cash along with rules-changes to the way Visa and Mastercard implement fees on merchants that could be worth an additional tens of billions of dollars. The ruling is currently on appeal.

In re Aftermarket Automotive Lighting Products Antitrust Litigation - Jason serves as co-lead counsel in this nationwide price fixing action against Taiwanese manufacturers of automotive parts and their US-based distributors. In May 2014, a California federal judge approved the last of a series of settlements between a class of direct purchasers of automotive lighting products and several manufacturers accused of participating in a wide-ranging price-fixing scheme. The final settlement was reached only days before the trial would begin. Jason and his co-lead counsel recovered more than $53 million in settlements for the class. The case is In re Aftermarket Automotive Lighting Products Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 2:09-ml-02007 (U.S. District Court, Central District, California).

Leiszler, et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. - Jason represented a class of more than 22,000 dentists against the maker of Invisalign for unfair competition in suspending or decertifying dentists who did not prescribe a minimum number of new Invisalign cases. Jason obtained a settlement that amounted to a 100% recovery for the class, with a value of more than $50 million in cash and non-cash relief.

In re Urethanes Antitrust Litigation - Jason served as co-lead counsel for this nationwide class action alleging price fixing for certain polyurethanes. The case settled for over $33 million after four years of litigation.

Hackett, et al v. L'Oreal - Jason served as lead counsel for this nationwide consumer class action alleging false advertising regarding hair products. In addition to cash, the settlement required a change in defendant's nationwide $80 million advertising campaign.

Zeismer, et al v. Linens N Things - Jason served as lead counsel for this nationwide consumer class action alleging false representation of certain bed sheets. The settlement resulted in replacement sheets available to every class member around the country.

In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation - Jason represented the world's largest pork producer and only self-insured plaintiff in a nationwide class action against the company manufacturing the drug Relafen for artificially inflating prices. The case settled for $75 million.

In re Buspirone Antitrust Litigation - Jason represented plaintiffs in this nationwide class action against the manufacturer of the drug Buspar for artificially inflating prices. The case settled for $535 million.

In re Methionine Antitrust Litigation - Jason represented the largest plaintiff in a nationwide class action for price fixing an animal feed additive. The case settled for $109 million.

Current Cases

Target Corporation Data Breach - Jason represents a putative class of Target store customers whose confidential financial data was hijacked by hackers when Target's electronic servers were breached.  Over 40 million customers' accounts were stolen due to insufficient security measures undertaken by Target.

Giuliano et al v. Sandisk Corporation – Jason serves as co-lead counsel for a class of purchasers of flash memory products from Sandisk in this “Walker Process” antitrust litigation.  Plaintiffs allege that Sandisk fraudulently obtained its “crown jewel” patents regarding flash technology that it then used to exclude competitors and charge monopoly rents on its customer. 

Johnson, et al v. Consumerinfo.com Inc. – Jason and his co counsel are litigating this case against Experian’s online business for fraudulently representing that the credit scores it sells are FICO equivalents used by lenders to evaluate a person’s creditworthiness.  In fact, the credit scores it sells are virtually worthless and not evaluated by creditors at all.  The case is on appeal to the Ninth Circuit after the District Court enforced the adhesionary arbitration clause buried in customers’ online contracts, which purport to eliminate the right to pursue claims on a class-wide basis.  The parties await the Ninth Circuit ruling regarding whether the arbitration clauses are unenforceable because they do not allow customers to vindicate their statutory rights.”

In re Korean Air Passenger Surcharge Antitrust Litigation - Jason serves as plaintiffs' counsel in this nationwide class action against airlines that conspired to fix certain surcharges to passengers. Settlements were reached with the defendants, and are now the subject of appeal.

Mobile Captions Company v. Hamilton Relay, Inc., et al. - Jason, along with other SSH attorneys, are representing the Plaintiff, alleging that Hamilton Relay and CapTel conspired to put Mobile Captions Company out of business. The suit alleges that Hamilton Relay breached its agreement with the Plaintiff at the behest of CapTel, a subsidiary of Defendant Ultratec, Inc. Following a two week arbitration, Hamilton was found to have breached its agreement with Mobile Captions and Mobile Captions was awarded damages. The case continues against CapTel.

H&R Block Compliance Fee Lawsuit - Jason represents plaintiffs in a putative nationwide class action against H&R Block for an unlawful "Compliance Fee" tacked onto bills for tax preparation services. H&R Block represented the fee as necessary in order to comply with IRS regulations associated with customers' tax return preparation. In reality, however, the fee is not mandatory, is not charged by the IRS and was instead used by H&R Block to charge its clients more without raising the price of the quoted tax preparation services.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit - Jason represents the surviving family of a long-time employee at the Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical facility adjacent to the San Diego Airport. The lawsuit alleges that Wayne Hopkins died of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma as a result of his exposure to benzene and other toxic chemicals at the Teledyne Ryan site. Discovery is ongoing.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., v. Cadbury Adams USA, Inc., et al - Jason represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. in an individual antitrust suit against the country's largest chocolate candy manufacturers for price fixing chocolate candy bars sold in the United States. The defendants control over 75% of the U.S. chocolate candy product market. Starting as early as 2002, defendants coordinated a series of price increases for the purpose of increasing profit margins on their sales of U.S. chocolate candy products.

Jason's prior experience includes general counsel for an internationally distributed independent record company, representation of artists in major label record contracts, cruise lines in admiralty issues and vehicle manufacturers in product liability and warranty actions. He is a former partner at Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP and Troutman Sanders, LLP.

California, 1997

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, California

Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Winner, Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition by ASCAP
Law Journal: Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, Assistant Executive Editor

University of California, San Diego, California, 1993
Honors: Provost's Honor List

Super Lawyers - San Diego, 2013 - 2015

AV Rated - Martindale Hubbell

San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park (Board of Trustees)

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (Policy Committee)

ElderHelp of San Diego (Fundraising Committee Member)

Professional Organizations

American Bar Association (Member)

American Association for Justice (Member)

Consumer Attorneys of California (Board of Directors, Board of Governors)

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (Member)

San Diego County Bar Association (Member)

American Bar Foundation (Fellow)

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