Transportation Strip


With deep economic expertise, particularly in antitrust issues, combined with transportation industry experience, we apply sophisticated methods to evaluate relevant markets, competitive effects, and potential damages in cases involving the airline, automobile, trucking, ocean shipping and railroad industries.

Compass Lexecon economists have evaluated the competitive impact of many mergers and alliances in the airline industry using complex data and analytics. We have used cutting-edge econometric techniques to analyze the costs and benefits of domestic airline mergers to determine whether those mergers would be pro-competitive or anti-competitive and have presented our economic analyses to the U.S. Department of Justice and in federal court. We have analyzed the competitive impact of granting antitrust immunity to international airline alliances. We also have assisted with price-fixing investigations and litigation concerning the setting of air cargo rates and fuel surcharges.

With extensive experience in the rail industry, both in the U.S. and abroad, we have been involved in a number of high-profile railroad mergers, providing competitive and cost-saving analyses and evaluating claims by specific shippers. Compass Lexecon has been retained on antitrust cases involving railroads, including price-fixing allegations for the transportation of bulk chemicals on tanker ships, and in fuel surcharge antitrust litigation. The breadth of our railroad experience makes us uniquely qualified to testify in rate cases and stand-alone cost proceedings. We also have provided policy testimony in hearings before Congress and the STB and regularly present seminars on the railroad industry for regulators. When a matter calls for in-depth knowledge of rail costing or engineering, we have the unique ability to call upon our colleagues at FTI Network Industries Strategies for assistance with quantitative analysis.

Compass Lexecon aviation experts provided independent expert testimony and analysis throughout the Chapter 11 restructurings of United Air Lines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, US Airways, Atlas, Comair and Mesaba. Our experts have testified on behalf of the debtors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court during numerous Section 1113(c), 1113(e) and Section 1114 hearings.

Compass Lexecon aviation experts have provided independent expert testimony and litigation support for numerous airlines in labor arbitrations, Presidential Emergency Boards and in Federal Court. Our aviation experts have unparalleled experience at analyzing issues related to scope clause challenges, labor productivity and costing and statistical analyses of potential job actions.

We have experience addressing the following areas for the transportation industry:

• Antitrust Litigation

• Mergers and Acquisitions

• Price Fixing

• Damages

• Valuation

• Regulatory Work