Violations of federal and state environmental laws and regulations often lead to damage claims including business loss, property value diminution, clean-up costs, mitigation costs, human health effects, and natural resource losses. Members of The Brattle Group have substantial experience calculating accurate and supportable environmental damage estimates.
We apply methods that reflect the most current economic thinking and withstand legal scrutiny. Our experts perform appropriate penalty calculations, advise on settlement strategies, and provide expert testimony on economic and technical issues. In addition, we are familiar with models and methods employed by the government including the EPA’s BEN model.
The Brattle Group helped to resolve the extent of the economic loss that resulted from the closure and despoiling of recreational space along the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A Brattle team assisted in the multi-year collection of significant observation and survey data from a large fraction of the publically accessible area of the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
We investigated allegations that the contamination of an aquifer in New Mexico has caused more than $1 billion in natural resource damages. We investigated the value of water and water storage and the impact that the loss of the aquifer had on the costs incurred by the affected city to supply water.
Complex business and legal matters require intellectually honest and analytically rigorous solutions that are thoughtfully developed and clearly communicated. We apply economic and finance principles with uncompromising quality to achieve clarity in the face of complexity. Independent analysis, responsive execution, and compelling presentation. That’s Brattle. That’s the Power of Economics.