Jonathan E. Levitt

Jonathan E. Levitt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Pine Brook, NJ

Frier Levitt, LLC
 | 84 Bloomfield Avenue, Pine Brook, NJ 07058
Phone: 973-618-1660
Fax: 973-618-0650
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1995
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Health Care (30%),
  • Food and Drugs (30%)

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Attorney Profile

Jonathan E. Levitt, Esq., co-founded Frier & Levitt, LLC in 2000, is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been quoted by the Associated Press, CNN, the Daily News and has appeared on Fox Business News. Jonathan has dedicated his practice to representing pharmacies nationally against the abusive audit practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). His firm has a national presence in pharmacy law and has been counsel to a nationwide class action of independent pharmacies.

Jonathan has multiple reported decisions in state and federal court. Significant trial verdicts and settlements include a $12 million class action result against a public entity. Jonathan is proud to volunteer for charitable organizations and to have served on the District VB Ethics Committee.

Certificates and Credentials

About Jonathan Levitt

Admitted: 1995, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://www.frierlevitt.com/attorneys/jonathan-e-levitt/

Honors/Awards:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Missouri, 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2006
  • United States Court for the Eastern Districts of New York, 1997
  • United States Court for the Southern District of New York, 1996
  • New York State Bar Association, 1996
  • United States District Court, New Jersey, 1995
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Jonathan was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to District VB (EssexCounty– Suburban Essex) Ethics Committee (four year term beginning – September 1, 2007), 2007
  • In connection with the American Trial Lawyers Association, Jonathan represented the mother of a victim of September 11th in obtaining relief from the Victim's Compensation Fund.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Jonathan spoke at the Freedom Pharmaceuticals Conference regarding Regulation of Compounding: Updates and Uncertainties, 2012
  • Jonathan spoke at the NASPA Fall Symposium regarding changes in major PBM auditing practices and trends and PBM Manual revisions, 2011
  • Jonathan spoke at the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative Conference regarding pharmacy audits, 2011
  • Jonathan spoke at the National Community Pharmacists Association National Convention.  The topic was “Navigating the Legal Waters of the Pharmacy Marketplace”, 2010
  • Jonathan lectured at the Federal Trade Commission on the topic of pharmacy benefits management, 2010
  • “Owning an In-Network Pharmacy and a Second Out-of-Network Pharmacy that Performs Compounding,” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, 2010
  • Jonathan was invited to speak at the National Community Pharmacists Association National Convention about various topics impacting community pharmacists, 2009
  • Jonathan appeared on Fox Business News with David Asman’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard to discuss the Bernard Madoff Investment Securities, LLC scandal  , 2009
  • “Tips to Avoid Clashes Over Real Estate Commissions“, New Jersey Real Estate Journal, 2001

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Immediate Reinstatement of Client to Pharmacy Network on behalf of 3 Pharmacies.  Pharmacy Audit.  Our retail pharmacy client was terminated from a PBM network of provider pharmacies.  Our client was on the verge of having to close its pharmacy because the PBM’s network “lives” constituted a substantial portion of the client’s revenues.  If the client was not swiftly reinstated to the PBM’s network, it would fail.  Within a matter of days our client was reinstated to the PBM’s network, 2011
  • $12.7 Million Settlement.*  Class Action.  We filed a national class action against one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) on behalf of thousands of pharmacies across the United States based on the PBM’s audit abuse practices.  We received a total settlement valued at $12.7 million on behalf of our pharmacy clients. Read More.*The settlement was comprised of cash and non-cash concessions by the PBM. On behalf of our class of more than 3,000 compounding pharmacies across the United States, we obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a class action arbitration against one of the nation’s largest Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBM), as a result of the PBM’s audit abuse practices.  In addition to monetary compensation, the settlement required the PBM to forgive certain debts owed by our pharmacy clients to it, and required the PBM to adopt certain business initiatives to make its audit process more transparent and predictable, 2009
  • $3.7 Million Savings to Client. Breach of Equipment Lease and Personal Guaranty. Our medical imaging client and its physician owners were sued for breach of an equipment lease and personal guaranty by the lessor. The lessor sought approximately $7,000,000 in damages and return of the imaging equipment. We settled the case for $3.7 Million and our client kept the equipment. Our medical imaging client and its physician owners were sued by a global manufacturer/lessor of radiology equipment for an alleged breach of multiple equipment leases and personal guarantees entered into by our clients in connection with multi-million dollar state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment. Under the terms of the equipment leases and personal guarantees, the manufacturer/lessor declared our clients in default on the leases and personal guarantees for non-payment, and accelerated the balance due on the equipment. The manufacturer/lessor sought approximately $7,000,000 in damages. After successfully preventing the manufacturer/lessor from repossessing and removing the equipment from our client’s facility, we settled the lawsuit for $3,300,000. In exchange, our clients were able to keep the equipment, thereby saving them approximately $3,700,000, 2009
  • $1,250,000.00 Arbitration Award in Auto Accident. Our client was injured when the defendant made an unsafe lane change, causing plaintiff’s truck to overturn onto its roof. Our client required multiple surgeries. In January 2007, we obtained a non-binding arbitration award for our client in the amount of $1,250,000.00 , 2009
  • $1,600,000.00 Arbitration Award. Three Upper Saddle River couples who paid $2.7 million for four Dunkin’ Donuts stores won a $1.6 million arbitration award on March 27, 2007 against the Seller's over inflated revenue projections. Imran Ali of Brooklyn agreed in 2004 and 2005 to sell a 49% interest in the stores, located in Manhattan, to Drs. Wilson and Myra Nuesa, Drs. Royland and Consuelo Tan, and Dr. Ramon Rosales and his wife, Marilou. The price was based on anticipated revenues of $995,000.00 per store. But each store brought in only about $500,000.00. Plaintiffs also claimed they couldn’t meet revenue targets because Ali abandoned the stores and had used up the operational training provided by the franchisor, 2008
  • $735,000 – Sexual assault and negligent hiring, supervision and retention.  On the day of trial the governmental defendants finally agreed to pay on our claims that a government employee sexually assaulted our clients under the guise of “medical treatment” , 2008
  • $1.5 million Product liability settlement for failed Gear Selector Lever.  Plaintiff placed the Japanese box truck’s gear selector lever in “Park” and exited the vehicle.  The truck rolled despite being in “Park,” wedging plaintiff between two trucks, causing asphyxiation and death.  We immediately went to court to have the truck impounded and preserved as evidence, 2005

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers University, Bachelor of Arts, 1992

Industry Groups

  • Pharmacy
Office Location for Jonathan E. Levitt

84 Bloomfield Avenue
Pine Brook, NJ 07058

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Last Updated: 10/18/2018

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