A. Christopher Young is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and chairman of the Franchise, Distribution and Marketing Section of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. His trial practice, in federal and state courts, involves many substantive areas, including antitrust, admiralty, franchise disputes, commercial disputes, insurance and products liability.
Mr. Young has represented large petroleum refining and chemical companies in admiralty, toxic tort, antitrust, business, commercial and franchise disputes. He also has represented freight forwarding companies, life, health and disability insurers, building equipment manufacturers, a security alarm company, internet companies, health care companies and software manufacturers in a variety of business and commercial disputes. Together with other members of Pepper, Mr. Young has built a strong relationship with clients and has advised them on risk management, contract negotiations, alternative dispute resolution options and litigation matters.
Mr. Young is trial counsel in a number of commercial disputes, including the defense of a security alarm provider against a competitor’s antitrust and constitutional claims; the defense of convenience store owners and operators against claims they violated below cost cigarette sales law; the defense of breach of warranty claims against an electric transformer manufacturer; the representation of an opt-out merchant in the Payment Card and Interchange Fee Antitrust MDL; and the prosecution of tax refund claims for alcohol fuel credits on behalf of an ethanol blender. In addition, Mr. Young regularly counsels clients on compliance with state and federal franchise, distribution, pricing and antitrust laws.