CRA’s waste management systems client settles litigation


CRA was retained by an NLJ 500 law firm on behalf of its client, a privately-owned leading North American designer and manufacturer of waste management systems, in a breach of contract dispute under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), against a supplier of industrial lifters and other equipment used in the waste industry. The litigation was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following a related action adjudicated in Canada.

CRA’s Olga Ukhaneva and her team were asked to develop independent expert opinions and to analyze economic harm and quantify economic damages due to the alleged breach of parties’ supply agreement. As part of this assignment, CRA team completed a comprehensive analysis of demand and competition in the waste management industry as well as a detailed analysis of the industry’s and CRA client’s past and likely future financial performance.

CRA’s team under Dr. Ukhaneva’s direction performed independent market research; conducted numerous interviews with the client’s Chief Financial Officer; forensically examined and traced dozens of financial transactions between the parties and with relevant third-parties; and developed research-based, evidence-grounded models to quantify financial lost profits and lost business opportunities. CRA team also assisted counsel with various financial analyses for settlement purposes and with the preparation of various discovery requests.

CRA’s Dr. Ukhaneva submitted a written expert report detailing her analysis and conclusions. A team of CRA consultants, including Michal Malkiewicz and Meltem Gokcebel, supported Dr. Ukhaneva in providing economic and financial expertise and analyses. Following the submission of Dr. Ukhaneva’s expert report, the litigation was successfully resolved through a settlement.

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