Economic & Complex Analytics (ECA)

Roux's Economic & Complex Analytics (ECA) team is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping clients evaluate the legal, scientific, and financial risks associated with environmental, mass tort, and product liability litigation.

Our ECA professionals provide strategic consulting and expert services that assist clients identify, quantify, forecast, and mitigate current and emerging environmental, toxic tort, and product litigation risks. Our collective expertise has been leveraged in complex insurance coverage disputes, arbitrations, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reserve disclosures, financial due diligence, bankruptcy reorganizations, underlying claim evaluations, and public policy initiatives. ECA experts have analyzed a diverse set of environmental and product liability risks, including asbestos, benzene, talc, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), diacetyl, silica, isocyanate, pharmaceutical and medical devices, water contamination, sports-related head trauma, tobacco litigation, and various other forms of environmental toxins and deleterious substances. Overall, our analysts work to reduce risks for our clients through better forecasting and predictive modeling.

Areas of Expertise
  • Asbestos & Asbestos Bankruptcy
  • Insurance Coverage/Allocation
  • SEC Financial Reporting
  • Insurer Claims Forecasting & Reserving
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
  • Economic Loss & Damage Estimation
  • Due Diligence for Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Public Policy Analytics
  • Business Interruption and Catastrophic Loss
Related Services/Tools
  • Microsimulation Modeling
  • Decision Analysis
  • Applied Economics
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Forecasting & Predictive Modeling
  • Claim File Audit & Reviews
    Expert Opinion Topics
    • Forecasting future incidence of latent disease, associated claims, and expenditures for litigation management, insurance reserving, SEC financial reporting disclosures, and bankruptcy reorganization
    • Insurance allocation of environmental and product-related losses in coverage disputes, coverage-in-place negotiations, excess policy buyouts, SEC financial reporting disclosures, and bankruptcy reorganization
    • Expert report and testimony for analysis related to asbestos bankruptcy trust exposures and recoveries
    • Establishing auditing procedures and claim file reviews of underlying cases to measure accuracy and reasonableness
    • Long-term discounted cash flow modeling to measure liquidity and solvency risks for distressed companies and asbestos bankruptcy trusts
    • Strategic analysis of litigation tactics and associated costs relating to mass torts
    • Contingent liability forecasting for environmental damages
    • Economic valuation of loss associated with personal injury and wrongful death cases
    • Tort reform and legislative analysis and testimony
Team Leaders
Insurance Services

Portland Harbor Superfund Site

Insurance Carrier; Oregon

Roux was retained as a technical expert regarding environmental damages resulting from historical and ongoing operations at over 70 properties within a Superfund site along the Lower Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. For this project, Roux has evaluated millions of dollars in technical defense costs in support of the claim analysis.

Insurance Services

Oil Pipeline Release

International Carriers; Michigan

The Enbridge Energy Pipeline release in 2010 discharged approximately 819,000 gallons of crude oil into a wetland and the Kalamazoo River. Roux personnel were on-site within days to investigate the cause of the release. This was the largest inland oil spill in US history with response costs exceeding $1 billion. Roux analyzed and categorized costs for insurance claim evaluations.

Insurance Services

Expert Witness

Electric Mutual Liability; Multiple Locations

Roux was retained as an expert witness regarding the timing of PCB deposition in the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers. Much of the timing analysis for the two rivers was based on Cesium-137 data collected by USEPA, historic aerial photos, sediment cores and recent dredging data. The case settled after submission of Roux’s expert reports.

Insurance Services

Cost Evaluation & Apportionment

National Insurance Carrier; Washington

Roux is assisting a national insurance carrier by conducting an evaluation of environmental costs and liabilities at the Port of Seattle's historic Terminal 91 and Smith Cove. Our efforts have included review of past environmental response costs, identification of Responsible Parties from the Terminal's 120 years of operation, and allocation of investigation and remediation costs among the responsible parties.

Insurance Services

Former Dry Cleaner Remediation Project

Real Estate Developer; New Jersey

Roux designed and is currently implementing an innovative remedy using pneumatic fracturing and atomized injections of Zero Valent Iron and Emulsified Vegetable Oil to remediate a chlorinated solvent groundwater plume and Soil Vapor Extraction to remediate unsaturated soil. Work is being conducted within framework of the New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA).

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