Eric L. Young
McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt Co-Founder, Eric L. Young, has successfully combated corporate misconduct for most of his legal career. Eric has represented individuals at every level of the workforce, from corporate executives to blue collar workers from around the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Asia, India, and other international locations.
Eric Young’s track record of success has made him one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. As such, he heads up McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt’s whistleblower practice and devotes a substantial amount of time to representing individuals who seek experienced counsel as to rights afforded to them when considering reporting fraud and misconduct to the government. In doing so, Eric regularly represents individuals filing qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act as well as those submitting tips to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Internal Revenue Service.
Commentary from Eric’s work has been published on the websites of Forbes, The Hill and the Delaware Business Court Insider, among others. He has also been quoted in numerous articles on whistleblower issues, including the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Accounting Today.
In addition to his expansive litigation experience, Eric has been retained as an expert witness on whistleblower issues to guide others through this area of the law. He was retained as an expert in the largest tax whistleblower case to date, where Bradley Birkenfeld was awarded more than $100 million for reporting UBS, a Swiss bank, for helping Americans evade U.S. taxes overseas.
Eric has also spoken to numerous industry organizations about whistleblowing. He participated in a roundtable organized by the International Ethics Standards Board of Accountants in 2014 to discuss upcoming changes to their ethics code for accountants to allow the reporting of suspected fraud. He also presented to members of the Anti-Corruption and FCPA Compliance Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in India.
In 2011, Eric represented the first IRS whistleblower to receive an award under section 7623(b), the mandatory IRS reward program for tax informants. His client, an accountant, remained anonymous and received an award of $4.5 million for providing information about tax evasion to the Internal Revenue Service. Eric has since further distinguished himself by remaining among a select few attorneys who have successfully secured multiple multimillion-dollar IRS whistleblower awards.
In addition to numerous other successful whistleblower cases, Eric has also been involved in some of the nation’s largest False Claims Act qui tam whistleblower lawsuits, including United States ex. rel. Lucia Paccione v. Cephalon Inc., E.D.Pa., Case No. 036268 ($425 million civil off-label marketing settlement); and United States ex. rel. Kruszewski v. Pfizer, Inc.( Pfizer agreed to pay more than $2 billion in civil and criminal fines to settle allegations that it had defrauded Medicare in the marketing of four drugs). Eric represents whistleblowers in pending False Claims Act cases against some of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Novartis, TEVA, and Pfizer with alleged damages in the billions of dollars.
Eric has also represented numerous employee benefit plans in class action cases in areas including securities fraud, anti-trust, and health care fraud. These cases include: In re Diamond Foods, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation, Ca. Super., San Francisco Cty. No. CGC-11-515895; Barbara L. McLay Trust, et al. v. Veolia Environment S.A., et al., S.D.N.Y. No. 11-CV-9526; United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Participating Food Industry Employers Tri-State Pension Fund v. Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc., et al., Dist. Colo.,14-CV-01243 (Consolidated with 14-CV-1402); In re: Treasury Antitrust Securities Action Antitrust Litigation, S.D.N.Y., 15-CV-2673; and In re: Avalanche Biotechnologies Securities Litigation, N.D.C.A. 15-CV-03185.
Prior to the development of his whistleblower and class action practice, Eric served as General Counsel of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776. UFCW 1776, is one of the largest local unions in the country. While there, Eric represented 24,000 members in contract negotiations and labor arbitrations involving the organization’s nearly 100 collective bargaining agreements.
Eric L. Young is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys watching his son Jack play sports, fishing, and triathlon competition.