Tyler A. Young

Partner

Overview

Tyler Young defends food, beverage and consumer packaged goods companies in consumer fraud class actions and complex litigation across the country.

Class Action Defense

Tyler handles the full range of consumer fraud class actions that food and beverage companies face — everything from cases about nutrient content and flavor statements to sustainability and animal welfare claims to heavy metal and contaminant cases. Tyler applies his regulatory knowledge, class action expertise and practical judgment to craft winning litigation and business strategies for his clients. Tyler co-leads the firm’s food class action team and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in class actions by Super Lawyers since 2017.

Tyler’s representative class action experience includes:

  • Winning dismissal of more than half a dozen putative class actions challenging vanilla flavored food products
  • Serving as national counsel for a baby food company in class actions related to heavy metals
  • Winning dismissal of two class actions challenging the labeling of beef products as “Products of the USA,” and successfully defending that victory on appeal in the Tenth Circuit
  • Winning motion to dismiss class action alleging presence of heavy metals in baby food for failure to plead a cognizable injury
  • Achieving favorable class settlement in case challenging nutrient content claims on protein products shortly after Ninth Circuit granted 23(f) petition and granted immediate appellate review of class certification order
  • Compelling individual arbitration of putative class action related to COVID-19
  • Defending numerous putative class actions challenging “honey” flavored food products
  • Resolving class actions by negotiating and implementing favorable class settlements

Food Company Litigation

In addition to consumer fraud class actions, Tyler represents food and beverage companies in a wide variety of litigation matters, including disputes with activist non-profit groups, disputes with suppliers and customers, government investigations, trade secret matters and litigations related to product recalls.

Tyler’s representative complex food litigation experience includes:

  • Defending numerous food companies against complaints brought by activist groups under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act
  • Winning dismissal of a public nuisance claim brought by an activist group against a Maryland slaughterhouse
  • Defending supplier in commercial action for damages resulting from a recall caused by contamination of an ingredient used in dog food

Pro Bono

Tyler maintains a robust and longstanding pro bono practice. Tyler is currently leading a team of lawyers representing a death-row inmate in challenging his sentence. Tyler has also led teams that have obtained asylum for numerous refugees, helped parents regain custody of their children, and won disability benefits for military service members.

Personal Interests

Tyler spends his spare time visiting zoos and museums with his wife and two children. A native Minnesotan, Tyler enjoys camping, canoeing and being outdoors.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
Massachusetts

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. James B. Loken, 2009-2010

Education

Harvard Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (editor) (2009)

University of Minnesota
B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Thesis in History (2005)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • California Expands Slack Fill Safe Harbors
    The Recorder, co-author, November 2018
  • Trade Secrets 2017: Key Developments and Takeaways, Chapter of the IP Book
    Midwest Intellectual Property Institute
  • New Developments in Trade Secrets Law—Including DTSA One Year Later
    Minnesota CLE, September 2017
  • New Federal Trade Secrets Act
    Moderator, Minnesota CLE, August 2016
  • Preparing Your Corporate Witness for Deposition
    Minnesota CLE, June 2016
  • The Secrets to Winning Trade Secret Cases
    Contributing author, Thomson West, 2016
  • Key Trade Secret Developments
    Minnesota CLE, March 2016
  • Protecting Trade Secrets
    In-House Client Seminar, November 2015
  • Recent Developments in M&A Litigation
    Minnesota CLE, September 2015
  • Preparing Your Corporate Witness for Deposition
    Minnesota CLE, August 2015
  • Trade Secrets 2015: Key Developments and Takeaways, Chapter of the IP Book
    Midwest Intellectual Property Institute
  • IP Essentials for the Non-IP Lawyer – Trade Secret Essentials Chapter
    Co-author, Minnesota CLE, April 2015

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Tyler has obtained asylum for refugees in both affirmative applications and removal proceedings.
  • Tyler is a part of the team representing a man appealing his death sentence in Alabama.

 

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association — Minnesota Chapter, Communications Committee, 2015-17

Civic Activities

  • Minnesota Zoo — Beastly Ball Planning Committee, 2016; AZUL Board of Directors, 2013-15

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels  — Business Litigation Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2017-22
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Up & Coming Attorney, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013-19
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