Eric Young joined the Firm in as Senior Counsel in 2010. In addition to serving as Senior Counsel at SFMS, 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 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. Some recent significant recoveries include:
- 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., E.D.Pa., Case No. 036268. 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. Middle District of Tennessee CA No.: 3:09-00738. 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.
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.
Since joining SFMS, Eric has been active in the Firm's expansion into 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, SFMS has been retained by numerous different multi-employer pension funds -- with combined assets of over $4 Billion Dollars -- to monitor and protect their assets against securities fraud and abuse.
Eric is also nationally recognized in complex wage and hour class action litigation on behalf of employees.
Eric is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and every Federal District Court within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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.
Areas of Practice
- Securities Fraud Litigation on Behalf of Taft-Hartley Pension Funds
- Qui Tam Litigation
- Tax Fraud Whistleblower Cases
- Complex Employment Law Class Actions
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- J.D. - 1999
- Honors: Member of the Moot Court Honor Society
- Honors: Winner of the Delaware Moot Court Competition
- University of Pittsburgh
- B.A. - 1992
- Major: Political Science
Past Employment Positions
- United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776, General Counsel
- UFCW, General Counsel
- United States. ex. rel. Kruszewski v. Pfizer, Inc (2009)
- United States ex. rel. Lucia Paccione v. Cephalon Inc., E.D.Pa. (2008)
- United States ex rel. Williams, et al. v. Renal Care Group (Middle District of Tennessee 2010)