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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

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

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. Lear developed economic arguments aimed at showing that the request for damages was unfounded as the […] Read more

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. […] Read more

Dispute on the contributions due to fund the telecom regulator

Lear provided an Italian telecom operator with an economic analysis aimed at proving that the criteria used by the sector regulator to determine the contributions due to fund its regulatory activities are discriminatory, unfair and likely to distort competition.


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