This issue of Forum showcases a diverse set of matters that our firm has recently worked on, including false advertising claims, class certification, criminal price-fixing, and securities-lending cases. The scope and complexity of these engagements, and the opportunities they provide our teams to work with experts from academia and industry, are a significant part of what attracts top people to our firm. We are committed to providing our professionals with the experiences that will help them stretch and grow. So it is truly validating to receive external recognition of Analysis Group as a top place to work. In 2012, for the third year in a row, we ranked in the top 10 of Vault.com’s 50 best consulting firms to work for. Additionally, we were named the best large firm to work at in Massachusetts, in the Boston Globe’s 2012 Top Places to Work poll.
We also continue to expand geographically. I am pleased to note that we have opened an office in Beijing, initially focused on assisting multinational pharmaceutical clients in the growing China market.
— Martha S. Samuelson, President and CEO
The legal and financial implications of labeling a product "all natural" can be significant; companies that highlight this feature in their promotional campaigns may find themselves subject to class actions, Lanham Act claims, and government enforcement activities. Given the lack of consensus about what constitutes a false claim of "all natural," it can be difficult to assess whether a product justifies such a claim. In this Q&A, market research expert and Analysis Group affiliate Joel Steckel and Managing Principal Laura Stamm share some economic approaches for evaluating and calculating potential damages in such matters.
In this article, Managing Principal Michael Beauregard outlines the data sources and statistical screens that economic experts can use in the very early stages of a government investigation into possible collusion. The introduction of expert analyses can help companies clarify the likely scope, reach, and conclusions of such a probe.
Managing Principal Jeffrey Cohen, Vice President Divya Mathur, and coauthor David Giardina illustrate how the value of a patented technology included in a bundled product may be swamped by the larger set of the bundle’s features. This dynamic can affect the way potential royalty payments may be assessed.
Analysis Group affiliate Harold Furchtgott-Roth considers the question: Are inconsistent spectrum and competition policies sending mixed signals about how regulators expect the wireless industry to evolve?
Analysis Group Forum: Winter 2013