Major Case Experience
We get results! Steven R. Young has conducted more than 175 jury trials. Our verdicts and settlements include:
2013 – SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE OF PONZI CHARGES
Steve Young and Solange Ritchie successfully defended and obtained dismissal of a five-year long lawsuit charging an honest business man of running a $50,000,000 ponzi scheme. Mr. Young and Ms. Ritchie obtained a zero dollar mutual dismissal settlement after six days of jury trial.
2012 – THAILAND SEXPLOITATION CREATES HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Several employees of a large public agency delighted in talking about junkets to Thailand for sex with children. When the agency’s Human Resources department refused to enforce its zero tolerance policies, the victim brought in Steve Young and Solange Ritchie to try the case. Young charged that the talk and jokes created a sexually hostile work environment, and that other employees retaliated against her when the victim complained. After four days, the agency settled with the victim, paying a high six figure settlement.
2012 – THEY STOLE $4,600,000 FROM CHILDREN
In the first successful prosecution of a hedge fund in the United States, Mr. Young obtained a $4,600,000 verdict against a hedge fund who induced a trust to invest with gross misrepresentations that municipal bond arbitrage derivatives were a low-risk, high-yield secure investment. The trusts invested $6,000,000 and within four months had lost $4,600,000. At the end of the 30-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $4.600,000.
2011- DEFENSE $10,000,000 BUSINESS CASE
A business owner found himself in the litigation gun sights after an international business venture unwound. The owner hired the Law Offices of Steven R. Young to defend him at trial. At the end of the twelve-day trial, Young obtained judgment exonerating his client and recovering substantial damages on a cross complaint.
July 2010 -- Victory on 1,312 Plaintiff Class Action Trial
Redlands Community Hospital created a pay program that, for a period of six years, cheated the Plaintiffs out of overtime wages mandated by law. Mr. Young entered the case one week before trial and, after a month and a half in trial, obtained a unanimous jury verdict that the pay plan was an artifice and subterfuge to evade California's overtime laws. Total damages will be assessed at a later time.
June 2010 -- $2,098,200.00 verdict
CBS sued its top credit card processing sales specialist to collect a series of promissory notes the sales person signed. Mr. Young reviewed the case, and filed a cross complaint alleging the illegality of the transactions and seeking damages. CBS dismissed its complaint one month before trial and the case proceeded to trial on the cross complaint. After one and a half months in trial, the jury returned a verdict of $2,098,200.00. Before the matter proceeded to the punitive damages phase, CBS settled the case by paying $2,250,000.00.
Mr. Young represented a client in a fraudulent conveyance suit seeking to enforce several judgments Mr. Young obtained. The verdicts totaled $33,000,000.00. The Defendants were a group of doctors who had fraudulently transferred 18 different parcels of real estate and stocks in four different enterprises among a series of entities to avoid collection. The suit settled with Defendants transferring all parcels of real estate to Mr. Young’s client.
Plaintiffs hired Mr. Young one week before a five-week legal malpractice trial commenced. Despite the complexity of the case, Mr. Young presented the case in an understandable, compelling fashion. Mr. Young asked the jury for $5,000,000.00. The jury responded with an award for $21,432,000.00 for compensatory damages. After the jury returned the verdict, Plaintiffs waived the right to proceed with a request for punitive damages.
Plaintiff hired Mr. Young three months before a six week trial of a complicated wrongful termination suit in which all parties, including the plaintiff, believed Plaintiff was an independent contractor and not entitled to protection as an employee under California Labor Code. The jury awarded Plaintiff $10,000,000.00 against the employer for wrongful termination in violation of public policy and fraud, and awarded Plaintiff $5,000,000.00 against the company owner for retaliation.
Plaintiff was subjected to 21 separate lawsuits either filed or financially supported by a conspiracy to ruin him. After the conspirators seized control of Plaintiff’s company, they put the company in bankruptcy and generated false financial statements that showed Plaintiff owed the company substantial sums. The conspirators then purchased through bankruptcy, the "assets" comprised of nonexistent claims. At trial, a unanimous jury verdict agreed and assessed damages plus punitive damages of more than $1 million against the two Defendants that disputed the claims. The trial court then entered default judgments against the other conspirators. The judgment awarded in excess of $9,500,000.00 to Plaintiff.