For a producer of corrugated fiberboard products facing price-fixing and market-allocation claims by a class of purchasers, members of The Brattle Group analyzed and critiqued the the opposing expert’s damages analysis. This included performing a regression analysis of alternative pricing specifications, and assessing the sensitivity of plaintiff’s expert’s analysis to changes in estimation methodology and treatment of data. Our analysis demonstrated that plausible modifications of the expert’s damages model significantly lowered damages estimates. Our assessment also pointed out flaws in the theoretical underpinnings of the model, the variables used to describe market pricing behavior, and the execution of the statistical estimation of the model.

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