Attorney Eric L. Young, based in Philadelphia, has served as an advocate for the rights of employees for most of his legal career. He has represented individuals at every level of the workforce, from corporate executives to blue collar workers. He has worked with individuals located across the United States, from New York City to California, and in several international countries.
In the course of this work, Eric Young became one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. A significant amount of his time is now dedicated to representing individuals who wish to report fraud to the government. Eric 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.
While representing the interests of the nation’s workforce, Eric has also dealt with complex questions outside of employment law, including tax, securities litigation and Medicare regulations.
Commentary from Eric Young about the law 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.
He has also acted as a consultant to help 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 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.
Previously, Eric was a named partner at two Philadelphia law firms representing whistleblowers.
In 2011, he represented the first IRS whistleblower to receive an award under section 7623(b), the mandatory reward program for tax informants passed by Congress. To date, there are only a handful of attorneys who have successfully represented clients through this process. 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 also been involved in some of the nation’s largest qui tam lawsuits. He served as co-counsel of record in United States ex. rel. Lucia Paccione v. Cephalon Inc., E.D.Pa., Case No. 036268, which led to a civil settlement of $425 million by Cephalon for off-label marketing.
He also represented a client in United States ex. rel. Kruszewski v. Pfizer, Inc. In September 2009, 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. The settlement is still the largest in the United States under the False Claims Act.
Most recently, Eric Young represented the whistleblowers in a lawsuit under the False Claims Act alleging kickbacks by Valeant subsidiary Salix Pharmaceuticals. The case was settled by the U.S. Government for $54 million in 2016.
Prior to the development of his practice representing whistleblowers, Eric served as General Counsel of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776. UFCW1776 is one of the largest local unions in the country. While there, Eric represented their 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.