Dispute in the market for cleaning services – ongoing

Lear is assisting a company active in the cleaning services market in a damages action initiated by one of its competitors. The action follows an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority which had found that four companies active in this market had coordinated their bidding behaviour in tenders organized by the government to secure cleaning services for schools across the territory of Italy. Lear is developing arguments seeking to show that the agreement did not have an anticompetitive nature.

Dispute in the postal correspondence delivery sector – ongoing

Lear has been appointed by a leading company in the postal delivery sector in the context of a damages claim brought by a water distribution company. The water distribution company claimed that the postal delivery company did not comply with all the deliveries foreseen in the tender. Lear’s economists have been appointed as party expert by the postal delivery company in the proceeding before the Court to demonstrate the correct execution of the contract.

Damage assessment for alleged defamatory television reports – ongoing

Lear has been appointed by a leading broadcasting operator in the context of a damages claim brought by a producer of dietary supplement and medical products, as a result of allegedly defamatory television reports. Lear’s economists have been appointed to assess the quantification of damages presented by the claimant.

Damage assessment for alleged defamatory television reports – ongoing

Lear has been appointed by a leading broadcasting operator in the context of a damages claim brought by a producer of dietary supplement and medical products, as a result of allegedly defamatory television reports. Lear’s economists have been appointed to assess the quantification of damages presented by the claimant.

Damage assessment for a breach of contract in the cloud services sector – ongoing

Lear is assisting a leading operator active in the telecommunication sector which participated to a tender aimed to secure suppliers of cloud services for Italian public organizations. The tender required Lear’s client to partner up with a cloud services provider, which decided to withdraw from the agreement shortly after Lear’s client’s bid was declared successful. This breach of contract resulted in Lear’s client being excluded from the tender. Lear is currently estimating the impact of the breach of contract and the amount of damages that its client is suffering.

Damages estimation for unfair practices in the telecommunication market – ongoing

Lear has been retained to carry out economic analyses aimed at supporting the defensive strategy of its client in the context of damages claims brought by one of the client’s rivals, as a result of allegedly unfair commercial practices. Lear’s tasks involve in particular a thorough analysis of the damages quantification presented by the rival’s economists

Damages estimation for alleged abuse of dominance in the market for electricity distribution

Lear assisted one of the main distributors in the Italian electricity market in developing defensive strategies apt to rebut the accusations of abuse of dominance made by three different companies active in the retail electricity market. In three of these cases, Lear assisted its client in developing a defensive strategy against the competitors’ accusation regarding alleged illegal and oppressive requests, which eventually allegedly put the competitor in financial distress or even drove it out of the market. Continue reading Damages estimation for alleged abuse of dominance in the market for electricity distribution

Damage assessment for a breach of contract in the football audio-visual rights market

Lear has assisted a leading Italian telecom operator in claiming potential damages resulting from the anticipated resolution of a contract for the online distribution of football matches, and from discrimination in promotion efforts, as its counterpart – the exclusive rights holder, a web platform itself – decided to partner with the Italian telecom incumbent under exclusivity clauses in the football audio-visual rights market. Lear economists have been involved in the early-stage proceedings in ascertaining the extent of the discrimination that the telecom operator would be subjected to in the ultrabroadband market.

Damages estimation for alleged abuse of dominance in the market for electricity distribution

Lear assisted one of the main distributors in the Italian electricity market in developing defensive strategies apt to rebut the accusations of abuse of dominance made by three different companies active in the retail electricity market. In two of thesecases, Lear assisted its client in developing a defensive strategy against the competitors’ accusation regarding alleged illegal and oppressive requests, which eventually allegedly drove the competitor out of the market. Lear’s defensive strategy was based on the proof that not only were these requests legal by contractual terms, but also that the competitors were in such a poor economic and financial condition that they would have gone bankrupt anyway. Continue reading Damages estimation for alleged abuse of dominance in the market for electricity distribution

Regulatory dispute in the telecommunication sector

Lear is assisting an Italian telecom operator that has filed a claim against the decisions of the sector regulatory body regarding its evaluation of the annual net costs of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) borne by the incumbent (USO Provider by law) that other telecom operators can be asked to provide funding for. Lear’s client claims that in the past this value has been overestimated. Lear has been appointed as a party expert to provide its advice to the court expert witness that has to assess whether the regulator has incurred in significant errors in evaluating USO net costs, based on best practices. The dispute is still ongoing.