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Eric L. Young

Eric L. Young Senior Counsel

Biography

Eric L. Young is Senior Counsel of Miller Shah LLP in its Philadelphia office.

In addition to serving as Senior Counsel, Eric is the founding partner of McEldrew Young, Attorneys-at-Law, a firm that specializes in the representation of whistleblowers throughout the United States and abroad.

Eric received his B.A. in Political Science in 1992 from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. in 1999 from the Widener University School of Law which he attended as an Evening Division Student while continuing to work full-time. While at Widener, Eric distinguished himself as a Member of the Moot Court Honor Society and winner of the Delaware Moot Court Competition.

Eric is a seasoned trial lawyer with a track record of success in whistleblower litigation and class actions. In addition to helping secure the first-ever mandatory tax fraud whistleblower reward (22% of the IRS’ total amount recovered), Mr. Young has represented whistleblowers in several of the nation’s largest qui tam recoveries under federal and state false claims acts.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Young honed his legal skills as General Counsel for the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776, one of the largest and most accomplished local unions in the nation. During his tenure as General Counsel for the UFCW, Mr. Young successfully executed a wide array of legal and political actions affecting the 24,000 member organization, including guiding the union’s executive leadership on complex contract negotiations and spearheading labor arbitrations arising out of the organization’s 90 different collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Young began his litigation career at one of Philadelphia’s premier commercial litigation firms and established an outstanding track record in healthcare fraud litigation, corporate investigations, and securities fraud litigation.

Eric has been instrumental in the Firm’s successful prosecution of securities fraud litigation on behalf of Taft-Hartley pension funds, qui tam litigation, tax fraud whistleblower cases, and complex employment law class actions. As a result of Eric’s efforts, the firm has been retained by numerous different multi-employer pension funds — with combined assets of over $4 billion — to monitor and protect their assets against securities fraud and abuse. Eric is also nationally recognized in complex wage/hour class action litigation on behalf of employees.

Education
  • University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1992
  • Widener University School of Law, Doctor of Law, 1999
Admissions
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Notable Cases

United States. ex. rel. Kruszewski v. Pfizer, Inc. – On September 2, 2009, Pfizer, Inc. announced it agreed to plead guilty to criminal conduct and to pay more than $2 billion in criminal and civil fines, penalties and damages to settle allegations made in multiple whistleblower lawsuits that the pharmaceutical giant defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other government-funded health care programs in connection with its market practices for four of its drugs. The settlement is the largest qui tam settlement in U.S. history. Mr. Young served as counsel of record in several whistleblowers in what is the largest qui tam settlement in U.S. history.

United States ex. rel. Lucia Paccione v. Cephalon Inc. – Mr.Young served as co-counsel of record on behalf of Lucia Paccione, a former Cephalon sales representative who filed a qui tam complaint reporting America’s largest biotechnology Medicaid fraud case. The case involved unlawful off-label marketing by Cephalon of drugs including Gabitril, Actiq, and Provigil. On September 29, 2008, it was announced that Ms. Paccione’s qui tam complaint led to the federal and numerous state governments’ recovery of $425 million in a Civil Settlement.

United States ex rel. Williams, et al. v. Renal Care Group, et al. – Mr. Young is lead counsel representing Relator-Plaintiffs Julie Williams and Dr. John Martinez. On March 22, 2010, the case resulted in a judgment against defendants totaling over $20 million. The case is presently on appeal. Mr. Young and federal government prosecutors are seeking to have the judgment revised to include treble damages, penalties and interest in an amount in excess of $100 million.

Personal Interests

Eric has completed several ironman triathlons on a competitive basis and is avid fisherman. He enjoys spending time with family and friends at the Jersey Shore.

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