Price Fixing Investigations
NERA experts have extensive experience evaluating allegations of criminal collusive anticompetitive behavior, including price fixing, bid rigging, customer and geographic allocation, buyer cartels, and other collusive behavior. Our economists have worked on a broad variety of criminal investigations involving allegedly anticompetitive agreements, including horizontal (between competitors) and vertical (between firms at different levels of the supply chain) agreements. Our previous work covers a wide variety of products and services, including agricultural commodities and natural resources, capital equipment, transportation and fuel surcharges, industrial inputs, and consumer goods and services.
NERA’s economists provide the full suite of capabilities and services needed to evaluate allegations of price fixing and other cartel activity, and to address all aspects and phases of the regulatory, enforcement, and legal processes that such allegations put into motion. We examine detailed transaction or bidding data and conduct a wide range of economic analysis to determine whether the alleged conspiracy is consistent with actual market conditions and rational economic behavior. NERA's analyses in such matters have helped companies and individuals accused of anticompetitive collusion evaluate their exposure in criminal matters, prepare their best defense, or even avoid criminal charges altogether. NERA experts also have testified at criminal trials arising from cartel investigations, including testimony for individuals accused of criminal conduct.