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Disputes for IP and trademark infringements, breaches of contract, financial crimes, fraud or anticompetitive practices are becoming more and more frequent. Economic analysis often plays an important role in such disputes as it helps to estimate damages, address liability, develop optimal litigation strategies and design settlement options.

With our knowledge of micro-economic theory, modeling tools and econometric techniques we support firms and their legal advisers in managing these disputes effectively. We advise our clients during every stage of a contested matter, from strategy development and data gathering, to cross-examination, damages analysis and settlement services.

We provide oral and written witness statements, evaluate the economic and financial consequences of the disputed practices, and employ both simple and sophisticated quantitative methods to determine the relevant “but-for” scenario against which to compare the actual outcome and assess damages.

We are expert in litigation settings arising from breaches of competition law in a wide variety of markets. Relevant examples of our work include: defending a producer of packaging materials sued for damages following a decision on a cartel; supporting a major airport service provider in a court case which arose due to the level of its tariffs; defending a firm sued for damages following an EU decision on a cartel in the chemical sector; providing a witness statement for a major telecoms operator which challenged the Italian Government in court on the imposition of a turnover contribution; defending a telecoms company against numerous requests for damages due to discriminatory practices; supporting a media company in seeking compensation for damages suffered following unauthorized on-line diffusion of its contents.

Have a look at our publications and news on litigation consulting & forensics.

If your company needs advice for any matter related to litigation or administrative proceedings, contact us.

 

Latest Engagements

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

Lear assisted one of the main distributor in the Italian electricity market in developing defensive strategies apt to rebut the accusations of abuse of dominance made (along 2019) by two different companies active in the retail electricity market. In the first case, Lear assisted its client in developing a defensive strategy against the competitor’s accusation […] Read more

Assessment of damages in the retail electricity market for alleged unfair commercial practices

Lear is assisting a leading operator in the electricity retail market in a damages action started by a competitor. The competitor claims that Lear’s client has implemented unfair commercial practices aimed at winning back customers switched to the competitor.

Damages quantification in the e-commerce sector

Lear was appointed by a firm active in the e-commerce sector to quantify the damage arising from an abuse of dominant position by a competitor in an adjacent market. The abuse of dominant position was ascertained by the European Commission.


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