A. Christopher Young

A. Christopher Young

Partner

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4190    Fax: 215.981.4750

youngac@pepperlaw.com

Among other things, Mr. Young has:

  • defended an electric transformer manufacturer against an electric utility’s breach of warranty claims
  • prosecuted federal tax refund claims for ethanol blending fuel credits. Sunoco, Inc. v. United States, 129 Fed. Cl. 322 (2016)
  • defended a petroleum marketing company against claims that the sale of its marketing premises violated the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act.
  • obtained summary judgment for a petroleum marketing company dismissing claims for violation of Virginia’s Petroleum Products Franchise Act. RWG Ventures, Inc. v. Sunoco, Inc. (R&M), et al., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158210 (E.D. Va. 2015)
  • dismissed antitrust and constitutional claims brought by a competitor fire alarm monitoring services company. Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. v. Orland Fire Protection Dist., et al., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118942 (N.D. Il. 2015)
  • obtained summary judgment for a petroleum marketing company dismissing claims for below cost sales in violation of Florida’s Motor Fuel Marketing Practices Act and Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. NJN Systems, Inc. v. Sunoco, Inc., 95 F. Supp. 3d 1330 (M.D. FL. 2015), affirmed (11th Cir. April 6, 2016)
  • defended a petroleum marketing company against a competitor’s attempt to enjoin its rebranding of 35 retail stores in Virginia. BP Prods. N. Am., Inc. v. Southside Oil, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176286 (E. D. Va. 2013)
  • challenged a fire district’s enactment of a municipal ordinance making it the exclusive provider of fire alarm monitoring services on antitrust, constitutional and state law grounds. ADT Security Services, Inc. v. Lisle-Woodridge Fire Prot. Dist., 672 F. 3d 492 (7th Cir. 2012); 799 F. Supp. 2d 880, 888 (N.D. Ill. 2011)
  • investigated wrongful trade secret disclosures on behalf of a pharmaceutical company
  • sought to enjoin the termination of a trademark licensing agreement under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act on behalf of a petroleum refiner. Suncor Energy (USA), Inc. v. Phillips 66 Company, (D. Colo. 2013)
  • defended convenience store owners and operators against a competitor’s claim they violated the below cost sales provision of Pennsylvania’s Cigarette Sales and Licensing Act
  • obtained summary judgment for two corporate health care executives on fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a failed Merger Agreement. Olympus Managed Health Care, Inc. v. American Housecall Physicians, Inc., 853 F. Supp. 2d 559 (W.D. N.C. 2012)
  • obtained emergency interim relief under the Optional Rules for Emergency Measures for Protection of the American Arbitration Association requiring a terminated distributor of a medical device manufacturer to return customer records. In the Matter of the Arbitration Proceeding Between Draeger Safety Diagnostics Inc. and New Horizon Interlock, Inc. (Dallas, Texas 2011)
  • obtained a directed defense verdict in a class action seeking $700 million in damages for breach of contract claim by a nationwide class of current and former dealers of ADT Security Services, Inc. Advantek Pro, Inc. v. ADT Security Services, Inc., Arapahoe County District Court, Colorado (2010)
  • defended a corporation against breach of contract claims arising out of a Stock Purchase Agreement in an arbitration proceeding governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. In the Matter of The Arbitration Proceeding Between Occitan Investments Ltd. and Olympus Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (Washington, D.C. 2009)
  • defended a security alarm company through trial against breach of contract claims brought by one of its authorized dealers. RS&I, Inc. v. ADT Security Services, Inc., Arapahoe County District Court, Colorado (2009)
  • brought a claim against a tug boat and its owner to recover for damage to the river water intake system of a coal fired electric power plant. Exelon Generating Co., LLC v. Vane Line Bunkering Co., 2008 WL 2188333 (E.D. Pa. 2008)
  • brought a claim against a strip coal mine operator to recover remediation costs incurred when it stuck an underground gasoline pipeline. Sun Pipeline Company v. Mallard Construction Co., Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania (2008)
  • defended to dismissal a breach of warranty claim against a manufacturer of children’s furniture. Simplicity, Inc. v. MTS Products, Inc., 2006 WL 924993 (E.D. Pa. 2006)
  • defended consumer fraud claims brought by New Jersey Attorney General related to motor fuel pricing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • compelled arbitration of a wrongful death claim based on an arbitration clause in a consumer contract and defended the claim in an arbitration proceeding administered by the National Arbitration Forum. Peltz v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 367 F. Supp. 2d 711 (E.D. Pa. 2005)
  • defended a disability insurer against first party benefit and bad faith insurance practices claims
  • defended to dismissal libel and slander claims against an Italian Public Television Broadcaster. D’Onofrio v. Il Corriere Della Sera, 373 F. Supp. 2d. 555 (E.D. Pa. 2005)
  • defended to dismissal a petroleum marketing company against a nationwide class of franchisees seeking compensation for alleged bad faith pricing. Callahan v. Sunoco, Inc. (R&M), 2004 WL 1119936, 58 Fed. R Serv. 3d 638 (E.D. Pa. 2004); Callahan v. Sunoco, Inc. (R&M), 2005 WL 994615, 57 UCC Rep. Serv. 2d. (E.D. Pa. 2005)
  • enjoined a petroleum distributor from changing the brand of its 15 Charlotte, North Carolina retail stores. Sunoco, Inc. (R&M) v. LSAA, Inc., 2005 WL 2076412 (W.D. N.C. 2005)
  • defended to dismissal and through appeal a bad faith pricing claim brought against a large petroleum marketing company by 12 of its franchisees. Tom-Lin Enterprises, Inc. v. Sunoco, Inc. (R&M), 349 F.3d 277 (6th Cir. 2003)
  • defended through arbitration a freight forwarding company against a claim that it was liable for the acts and omissions of its Indonesian agent for its alleged failure to pay Indonesian import taxes. In the Matter of the Arbitration Proceeding Between Alstom Power, Inc. and BDP International, Inc. (New York, 2003)
  • brought a claim in Delaware Chancery Court to determine the person entitled to the corporate offices of Chief Executive Officer and President of a Delaware corporation (2003)
  • defeated a franchisee’s suit seeking to enjoin the termination of a franchise agreement under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. NSY, Inc. v. Sunoco, Inc. (R&M), 218 F. Supp. 2d 708 (E.D. Pa. 2002)
  • defended a petroleum refiner and marketer through trial and appeal against price discrimination claims under the Robinson-Patman Act and open term bad faith pricing claims under the Uniform Commercial Code. Schwartz v. Sun Company, Inc. (R&M), 279 F. 3d 900 (6th Cir. 2002)
  • dismissed multiple bad faith insurance claims based on ERISA preemption.

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1989
  • B.A., History, Denison University, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court

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