From Our CEO
How can the power of data science be harnessed to create effective controls against the diversion of opioids and other controlled substances, or to predict whether a disputed patent will survive a challenge? What are the legal and regulatory implications of multi-sided platforms, where behavior that some see as anticompetitive may in fact enhance consumer welfare? These are among the many complex issues that we explore in this issue of Forum, which demonstrates the breadth and depth of economics, health care, and litigation support expertise we bring to the challenges our clients face.
Other exciting developments discussed in these pages include cryptocurrencies and the manifold regulatory and litigation questions they present; the causes and implications of a recent wave of retail liquidations; electric grid resiliency and the future of liquefied natural gas in Europe; tensions between cost effectiveness and affordability in drug pricing; determinants of essentiality in standard essential patents; and debates over the admissibility of surveys in litigation.
We remain committed to our distinctive, collaborative culture, which provides the underpinning for the success of our firm and our clients. I hope you enjoy this issue.
— Martha S. Samuelson, CEO and Chairman
Data science is being used in consulting to law firms, corporations, and government agencies to create more powerful predictive models and inform critical decision making.
The exponential growth of user-generated data is yielding new insights into how products compete with one another.
Regulatory agencies’ approaches to cryptocurrencies will have a key impact on how these cutting-edge technologies will evolve, and the litigation that they will inevitably generate.
Multi-sided platforms have a long history, but the complex economics underlying them have only recently begun to be disentangled by competition enforcers and economists.
The increasing amount of leverage on brick-and-mortar retailers’ balance sheets underscores the need for a sophisticated understanding of debt management options.
Puerto Rico’s continuing struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria provides a sober reminder of the importance of a resilient and strong electric grid.
Evolving supply and demand factors are leading to a more competitive, globally integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) market.
The Suspicious Order Monitoring (SOM) requirement has become an important weapon in battling the opioid crisis in the United States.
Policy solutions need to consider both the considerable value and significant budgetary challenges presented by high-priced prescription drugs.
Legal and economic incentives can lead to an over-declaration of standard essential patents (SEPs); little work has been done to link patent value with essentiality.
Consumer surveys have been gaining prominence in an increasingly broad range of civil litigation.
Recent Case Highlights
Below are some examples of the complex matters in which Analysis Group has recently worked with top law firms, Fortune Global 500 companies, health care organizations, and government agencies worldwide.
Innovative Cancer Treatment Moves Forward
Cintas Acquisition of G&K Services Gains Approval
City of Milwaukee Settles ACLU Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit
Power Plant Owner-Lessors Prevail in Chapter 11 Proceeding
Defendants in ODD Cartel Litigation Awarded Summary Judgment
Technology Company Secures Favorable Jury Verdict in Patent Infringement Case
Court Concurs with Academic Affiliate’s Valuation in Merger Appraisal
Department of Justice Wins Waste Management Merger Case
Republic of Cyprus Prevails in International Arbitration
Investment Manager Prevails in Landmark Securities Case
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Contributions to Recently Published Books
Below is a selection of new books to which Analysis Group has contributed multiple chapters.